Microsoft has revealed a series of new products and partnerships designed to strengthen its Azure cloud platform for building intelligent, cross-platform apps and services.
During its annual Connect(); developer event on 16 November, Microsoft revealed that it has become a Platinum Member of the Linux Foundation to enhance collaboration with the open source developer community.
“By becoming a Linux Foundation Platinum member, Microsoft is better able to collaborate with the open source community to deliver transformative mobile and cloud experiences to more people,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation. “Microsoft has been a key contributor to many projects, and we see the company intensifying its involvement and commitment to open development.”
Microsoft also welcomed Google to its .NET Foundation Technical Steering Group. This will allow Google to offer an open platform that supports businesses and developers who have standardised on Microsoft’s open source and cross-platform application framework .NET Core.
In addition, Microsoft revealed it working with Samsung Electronics to enable .NET developers to build apps for more than 50 million Samsung devices worldwide. Samsung released a preview of its Visual Studio Tools for Tizen at the Connect(); event, demonstrating how developers could use the tool to build .NET apps for the Tizen operating system that runs on Samsung TVs, wearables, mobile devices and internet of things devices worldwide.
Attendees at Connect(); were also able to see some of Microsoft’s new products that are aimed at helping developers use the tools of their choice to create Android, iOS and Windows apps powered by Linux or Windows Server.
Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Microsoft Cloud and Enterprise, showcased Visual Studio for Mac, which enables developers to write cloud, mobile and macOS apps on Apple’s Mac operating system using the popular development environment. He also previewed the next version of Microsoft’s SQL Server database with support for Linux, Linux-based Docker containers and Windows-based environments.
“We want to help developers achieve more and capitalise on the industry’s shift toward cloud-first and mobile-first experiences using the tools and platforms of their choice,” Guthrie said. “By collaborating with the community to provide open, flexible and intelligent tools and cloud services, we’re helping every developer deliver unprecedented levels of innovation.”
Microsoft also unveiled several new Visual Studio services. These included Visual Studio Mobile Center, which brings together the cloud and lifecycle services that help developers build, test, distribute and monitor apps built in Objective-C, Swift, Java, Xamarin and React Native for Android-, iOS- and Windows-based devices.
Other new products include Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017 and Azure Application Insights, which provide an enhanced collaboration and DevOps platform for cloud- first, mobile-first scenarios.
“Microsoft is transforming the nature of its appeal to developers by broadening its supported platforms,” said Al Hilwa, research director for Software Development research at IDC. “The new partnerships and commitments allow Microsoft to meet developers where they are and multiply its reach and impact with mobile and cloud developers as well as become established in emerging areas such as IoT, data science and cognitive computing.”
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