Microsoft unveils series of new and updated developer tools

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 19 November 2015
Microsoft unveils series of new and updated developer tools

Microsoft has unveiled a number of new and updated developer tools and programs –covering Visual Studio, Azure, Office and Windows – at its Connect(); developer event. 

Among the new announcements at the event was the immediate availability of Visual Studio Dev Essentials. This free program has been designed to provide developers with all the tools they need to create applications on any device or operating system, using their technology of choice. Developers can also access the Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Code and new Visual Studio Team Services. 

Other benefits include access to priority forums support, parallels desktop for Mac, training from Pluralsight, Wintellect and Xamarin, and a US$25 monthly Azure credit coming early next calendar year.

The general availability of Microsoft Graph, which provides developers with a consistent way to access data, intelligence and application program interface within the Microsoft Cloud, has also been announced.

The Connect(); event also saw the introduction of Visual Studio cloud subscriptions, which offer Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise on a monthly or annual basis, and Azure Service Fabric, which is now available in public preview. This tool makes it easy for developers to build and operate microservice-based applications at scale, which can then fully integrate with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio.

Other new tools include Visual Studio Code beta, which is as an open source project. This advanced code editor forms part of the Visual Studio family that runs on Linux, OS X and Windows. 

“As a developer company we want to empower developers with open and flexible technologies that enable innovation on their terms,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, cloud and enterprise group, Microsoft. “The additions of Visual Studio Code beta, the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program, and .NET Core RC for Linux, OS X and Windows show that Microsoft is now the company working hardest for all developers.”

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