Microsoft revealed a series of updates to its .NET stack and Visual Studio platform at its Connect () event on 12 November.
Reinforcing its commitment to cross-platform developer experiences, Microsoft has provided open source access to the full .NET server stack – including ASP.NET, the .NET compiler, the .NET Core Runtime, Framework and Libraries – enabling developers to build applications across the Windows, Mac or Linux platforms. The company has also released a preview of .NET 2015 and ASP.NET 5.0, a streamlined framework and runtime optimised for cloud and server workloads.
Meanwhile, updates to Visual Studio include the launch of Visual Studio 2013 Update 4, which offers various productivity enhancements and additional capabilities, and the Visual Studio 2015 Preview. Designed to support the iOS, Android and Windows operating systems, Visual Studio 2015 Preview features a Connected Services Manager, making it easier for developers to connect applications to line-of-business application programming interface (API) services such as the Office 365 API and SalesForce.
Also showcased at the event was Visual Studio Community 2013, which provides developers with complementary access to full Visual Studio toolset from any platform.
Building on a year of service enhancements, Microsoft has also added more capabilities to Visual Studio Online, its online service for development projects. Users can now automate an manage application releases without the need to set up or maintain service infrastructure, as well as provision and configure development, test and production environments in Azure.
“With billions of devices in the market today, developers need tools that target many different form factors and platforms,” said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. “Through Visual Studio and .NET we are committed to delivering a comprehensive end-to-end solution for developers to build and manage applications across multiple devices and platforms.”
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