Topic: microsoft

.NET 7 is here

The long-awaited .NET 7 has been released today. Back when the first preview was released, Microsoft said .NET 7 “marks the first step forward towards the next 20 years of .NET.” .NET 7 leverages some of the foundations that were laid in .NET 6, including a simplified development experience, improved developer productivity, and a unified … continue reading

What’s new in Visual Studio in 2022

Visual Studio is Microsoft’s integrated development environment (IDE) that is used by developers all around the world.  According to Stack Overflow’s 2022 development survey, 32% of developers preferred Visual Studio as their IDE, coming in second to the more lightweight IDE Visual Studio Code, which was used by 74% of respondents.  Given its popularity, we’re … continue reading

Microsoft adds new component to its Dual-screen layout library

Microsoft has added a new component to its Dual-screen layout library for supporting Navigation Rail on foldable devices, such as the Surface Duo. Navigation Rail is a Material Design component that provides a side navigation bar for app destinations.  On devices with foldable screens, a challenge arises in making sure that UI elements aren’t obscured … continue reading

Postman and Microsoft announce partnership

The team at the API platform Postman today announced that it will be teaming up with Microsoft in order to further support developers across every stage of the API-first lifecycle and offer a comprehensive API experience for Microsoft Azure users.  The Postman API Platform works to simplify each step of the API-first lifecycle as well … continue reading

Microsoft announces update to .NET MAUI Community Toolkit

Microsoft has announced that .NET MAUI Community Toolkit v1.3 is now available. The toolkit is a library of .NET MAUI extensions, UI/UX controls, and other Behaviors created by the .NET community. New in this release is a new Behavior that allows the looks of the status bar on iOS and Android to be customized. Because … continue reading

Microsoft unveils new technology to bridge leader/employee disconnect

Microsoft announced new capabilities in its employee experience platform Viva to help empower employees in times of economic uncertainty. The new Viva capabilities will start rolling out to customers in early 2023.  “The data makes clear that hybrid work has created a growing disconnect between employees and leaders. They’re at odds about what constitutes productivity, … continue reading

Microsoft updates Surface Duo Design Kit

Microsoft has announced the latest release of the Surface Duo Design Kit, which is a collection of design patterns, guidelines, components, and more for developing dual screen apps.  Version 2.2 of the kit includes an update to the device frame dimension and new component variations. According to Microsoft, device frames are useful for prototyping and … continue reading

Microsoft Dev Box preview allows developers to create on-demand workstations

Microsoft today announced that the preview of Microsoft Dev Box is now publicly available. The managed service enables developers to create “on-demand, high-performance, secure, ready-to-code, project-specific workstations in the cloud,” the company said. Users can sign into the Azure portal and search for dev box to begin creating dev boxes for their organization.  “With Microsoft … continue reading

Microsoft introduces Windows Community Toolkit Labs

The team at Microsoft recently announced that the Windows Community Toolkit Labs is now the primary way that the company will be developing new features for Windows Community Toolkit. It is intended to act as a safe space for collaboration and engineering solutions from the prototyping stage all the way through polished and finalized component. … continue reading

Microsoft adds built-in support for Lombok in Java for Visual Studio Code update

Microsoft has made its monthly update for Java in Visual Studio Code. This update includes built-in support for the Lombok library, drag and drop support, an exclusion list for inlay hints, and more.  Some Visual Studio Code users had been reporting to Microsoft that when they have Lombok dependencies in their projects, some extensions wouldn’t … continue reading

SD Times Open-Source Project of the Week: Salus

This week, Microsoft announced Salus, an open-source software bill of materials (SBOM) tool, following the Executive Order on Improving the Nation’s Cybersecurity which made SBOMs a key requirement.  The tool generates SBOMs across Windows, Linux, and Mac, and uses the standard Software Package Data Exchange (SPDX) format. Salus can be integrated into build workflows and … continue reading

Microsoft improves Git branch switching, C++ experience in Visual Studio update

Microsoft has announced that it made several performance improvements in Visual Studio 2022 in the 17.3 release. Mainly these enhancements relate to Git branch switching and C++.  Some users may have previously experienced delays when switching branches, or had to wait for projects to reload after switching branches.  According to Microsoft, the process of switching … continue reading

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