Microsoft Unveils Tools for Android, Azure, iOS, Linux, Office, Windows

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-11-18 Print this article Print
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Meanwhile, making it even easier to access Microsoft’s developer tools, the company also introduced Visual Studio cloud subscriptions, which offer Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio Enterprise on a monthly or annual basis through a new Visual Studio Marketplace. The new marketplace provides a central location for developers to find and install components that extend the Microsoft development platform.

The Visual Studio Marketplace is a central place for developers to find, use or mix-and-match extensions for the Visual Studio IDEs (Visual Studio Enterprise, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Community), Visual Studio Team Services (formerly Visual Studio Online), and Visual Studio Code, Liuson said. The new Visual Studio cloud subscriptions, as well as several first-party extensions for Visual Studio Team Services, will be available for purchase in the Marketplace. Partners will be able to sell extensions in the Visual Studio Marketplace at a future date.

Microsoft also showed that it continues to bring innovation to Visual Studio developers with a first look at the next version of Visual Studio: Visual Studio 2015 Update 1.

The company also announced the general availability of the Microsoft Graph, offering developers a consistent way to access data, intelligence and APIs within the Microsoft cloud and with a single authorization token. With the Microsoft Graph, developers can tap into the collective power of the Microsoft cloud to create smart, people-centric applications that help companies and users achieve more with contextual insights. Any developer capable of making an HTTP request can call the API from any platform. The Microsoft Graph is hosted at

Also available today is Azure Service Fabric in public preview, making it easy for developers to build and operate microservice-based applications at scale that fully integrate with Microsoft Azure and Visual Studio. The preview includes support for .NET development on Windows Server, with Linux support expected in 2016.

Moreover, Microsoft has been a pioneer in empowering enterprise development teams with tools for agile and DevOps practices, including Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online. The company today introduced Visual Studio Team Services, an enhanced and rebranded version of the Visual Studio Online service with 3.6 million existing registered users. Microsoft demonstrated the extensible architecture of Visual Studio Team Services by showing a broad catalog of partner extensions available in the new Visual Studio Marketplace, as well as Microsoft’s own extensions.

Microsoft also extended its DevOps solutions into more mobile development scenarios for Windows, Android and iOS. This includes the ability to host cloud builds for mobile applications with cross-platform build capabilities for iOS—in partnership with MacinCloud—and Android. The addition of HockeyApp to the Microsoft DevOps solution will now enable mobile apps beta testing, user feedback and crash analytics in the DevOps cycle.



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