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  • No more ugly, off-putting Office add-ins. A new framework helps developers maintain a look and feel that is consistent with the new Office user experience.

  • Embarcadero Technologies released its RAD Studio 10 Seattle developer toolset, which squarely targets Windows 10 development.

  • A Yahoo executive said mobile developers should focus on apps because consumers spend 90 percent of their time in mobile apps as opposed to browsers.

  • At its Yahoo Mobile Developer Conference, Yahoo made additions to its dev tools suite, including Tumblr in-app sharing and native video ads.

  • Facebook has open-sourced its library for automatically generating Hack code. Hack is a more scalable version of PHP, developed at Facebook.

  • Micro Focus announced it has updated its COBOL solution for Visual Studio 2015 while another developer has built a bridge from COBOL to Node.js.

  • Google released version 1.5 of its Go programming language, which provides accelerated garbage collection and a rewrite of components from C++ to Go.

  • AnyPresence takes its mobile backend as a service to a new level with the latest release.

  • Appery announced new app sharing and identity support for its low-code development platform now used by more than 250,000 developers.

  • Microsoft last week released the final version of Team Foundation Server (TFS) 2015, the company's on-premises application lifecycle management (ALM), DevOps and development team collaboration tool. Although this release provides a range of new capabilities throughout the development process, special emphasis has been placed on DevOps. TFS covers the entire application life cycle, providing source code management via Team Foundation Version Control or Git, reporting, requirements management, project management, automated builds, lab management, testing and release management capabilities. Microsoft made several improvements to the Agile project management capabilities in TFS, including hierarchical backlog management, customizable cards, swim lanes, definition of done, split columns, inline edit, search and filter and more, said Brian Harry, Microsoft's Developer Division corporate vice president in charge of Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Online, in a blog post. Also in this release, Microsoft added the ability to make a quick edit to a file in version control directly from a Web browser and then commit those changes straight back to the service. This slide show looks at some of the new features in TFS 2015.

  • As eWEEK reported earlier this summer, most businesses will be software-driven within the next 36 months, according to a survey commissioned by CA Technologies. The global study, "The Battle for Competitive Advantage in the App Economy," found that 43 percent of those surveyed said becoming a software-driven enterprise is a critical driver of competitive advantage today, rising to 78 percent in three years. Indeed, as companies transform into software-driven enterprises, bringing high-quality applications to market faster becomes one of the most critical differentiators, the survey found. "It's no longer enough for companies to have superior products or services," Otto Berkes, CA's CTO, said in a statement. "Today, success depends upon delivering a superior customer experience." However, the survey found that a skills shortage is threatening the growth of the so-called app economy. This eWEEK slide show looks at CA's study and how a shortage of skilled workers is impacting the software world.

  • DreamFactory announced the launch of a free enterprise application development portal for Verizon Cloud.

  • IBM extended its Bluemix Garage strategy by opening its third physical workspace for developers building apps with IBM's Bluemix PaaS.

  • Microsoft releases an early preview of its tool for bringing iOS apps to the Windows platform and also open-sources the technology.

  • Microsoft rolled out the latest version of its application lifecycle management (ALM) and DevOps tool, Team Foundation Server 2015.

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