Visual Studio 2019 Preview now available

Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2019 Preview version at its 2018 Connect event.  This version includes Visual Studio Live Share by default as part of the installation.   Visual Studio 2019 Preview may be downloaded from visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/preview/.    System requirements and release notes are also available.

Azure DevOps is the new name for Visual Studio Team Services

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has been renamed to Azure DevOps as of September 2018. Microsoft offers guidance on conversion from Team Foundation Server (TFS) to Azure DevOps Services.  Features within VSTS have been given new Azure DevOp names as well.

User settings can be changed by logging into app.vsaex.visualstudio.com.

Documentation regarding Azure DevOps is available at docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/.

Visual Studio Live Share

Visual Studio Live Share (VS Live Share or VSLS) is a development project tool to allow team collaborative editing of source code within Microsoft Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code.  VSLS is currently in preview or pre-release mode as a Visual Studio Marketplace extension and may become a paid product in the future.

More information can be found here:

Visual Studio Extensions Marketplace

Extensions for the Microsoft Visual Studio suite of products can be found at marketplace.visualstudio.com.  Extensions add support for languages not included in Visual Studio, aid in IDE development, or perform a specific task.

Some current popular extensions are:

Extensions can be free, preview, or paid.  Paid extensions are often charged per user per month.  Preview extensions are eventually converted to paid extensions. Extensions are either written by Microsoft, third party vendors, or individual developers.

More information can be found at code.visualstudio.com/docs/extensions/overview.

Visual Studio Code – a free open-source code editor for multiple languages

Visual Studio Code is a free open-source code editor that is part of Microsoft’s Visual Studio suite of development tools.  It has support for multiple programming languages such as JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 and Visual Studio for Mac 7.3 released

Microsoft announced the release of both Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 and Visual Studio for Mac 7.3 on December 4th 2017.  Complete release notes for Visual Studio 2017 15.5 and Visual Studio for Mac 7.3 were also made available.

Visual Studio Community is a free version designed for students, open-source and individual developers.  Microsoft has created a comparison list of the differences between this version, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise.

The Visual Studio Subscriptions Portal at my.visualstudio.com allows you to manage your Visual Studio subscription, including product keys, tools, and support.

Visual Studio for Mac can be customized by selecting the Visual Studio Preferences menu.

A list of Microsoft products no longer supported in 2018

Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
  • Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5
  • Microsoft Dynamics C5 2014
  • Windows 10 Mobile – November 2015 release
  • Microsoft Office Communicator 2007
  • Windows Web Server 2008

A full list can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018.

Microsoft releases updated set of free Technology e-Books

Microsoft has released an updated set of free Technology e-Books on various subjects.  The full list can be found here.

    Book topics include:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Windows 10 and Windows Server
  • SQL Server
  • Visual Studio
  • Power BI
  • Dynamics CRM
  • Azure
  • PowerShell
  • SharePoint

Microsoft Build 2017 conference May 10th – 12th in Seattle

Microsoft’s annual developer conference will run May 10th – 12th 2017 in Seattle, WA. Live streaming of the event can be found at https://build.microsoft.com/ starting at 8 a.m. Pacific Time/11 a.m. Eastern Time.

Sessions at the event include Visual Studio enhancements and the soon to be released Cortana Skills Kit.

More information can be found at https://channel9.msdn.com/Events/Build/2017 and #MSBuild.