Microsoft Ships Visual Studio 2015, .NET 4.6

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2015-07-20 Print this article Print
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“Yes, it really is a cross-platform tool,” Lewis said. “It does a great job of letting us build some native components for our cross-platform stuff, and since we layer on top of Xamarin, we’re able to deploy our .NET stuff to Android and iOS as well. And we do that all from within Visual Studio.”

Along with .NET 4.6, Microsoft also is making available ASP.NET 4.6, the newest version of its Web development framework. ASP.NET 4.6 adds support for HTTP/2 as well as support for the newest C# features and the new Entity Framework 6.1.3. In addition, Microsoft is providing developers with a preview of ASP.NET 5 in Visual Studio 2015.

Visual Studio 2015 also includes the latest Azure SDK 2.6, providing one-click provisioning and deployment to Azure for websites and cloud services, along with easy management of all or your cloud resources, Somasegar said. “Whether your application is using IaaS or PaaS in Azure, built with .NET or Python or Node.js, or deploying to Windows or Linux or Docker containers, the cloud tools in Visual Studio 2015 let you easily integrate with Azure, Somasegar said in his blog post.

Under the DevOps theme, Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online provide integrated DevOps services that enable teams to continuously deliver, continuously monitor and continuously learn so they can optimize their agility, Somasegar said.

The agile boards in Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online are useful for teams to track their work and progress on a day-to-day basis. Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online have introduced a new Pull Requests code review experience for Git projects, enabling faster developer collaboration earlier in the development process. Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online include a new build system that provides a simple Web-based interface for configuring pluggable, cross platform build workflows for the continuous integration pipeline.

The Visual Studio family includes Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Online and Visual Studio Code, among other offerings. Visual Studio Community is a free, fully-featured Visual Studio IDE for non-enterprise development. Since November, there have been more than five million downloads of Visual Studio Community. Visual Studio Online offers a collection of cloud-hosted developer services -- including source control, agile backlog management, hosted build and Application Insights – to developers. There are more than 3.2 million developers registered for Visual Studio Online. Visual Studio Code, now in preview, is a code editor for Mac, Linux and Windows supporting cross-platform Web and cloud development. In the last three months, there have been more than 500,000 downloads of Visual Studio Code. Nearly half of those downloads are from Mac and Linux users, Somasegar said.

“Microsoft has established .NET as a relevant and growing ecosystem to the population of developers that has skilled up on it over the years,” said Al Hilwa, an analyst at IDC.

Over the last year, Microsoft has seen more than 13 million downloads of extensions from the Visual Studio gallery. And today, 84 of Microsoft's Visual Studio partners are simultaneously shipping extensions supporting Visual Studio 2015.

“We have one of the largest and most vibrant ecosystems around today,” Somasegar said.



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