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Survey on API Consumption and Tooling

Mittwoch, 17. September 2014

UPDATE 9/17: Thanks for sharing your feedback on this topic. The survey is currently closed. We will post an update here once the survey re-opens.

APIs lie at the heart of our cloud-first, mobile-first strategy. In order to provide you with the best-in class tooling for consuming our wide variety of APIs - VS Online, Office 365, Dynamics, Azure, Xbox, Bing, to name just a few - we would like to learn more about your experience. Which APIs provided a particularly pleasant experience to develop against? Which tools do you use on a regular basis? Where do you see room for improvement? No matter whether you just started using your first API or are an experienced developer, whether you are using Microsoft or other services, we are looking for your feedback.

This survey can take as little as 5 minutes to complete and it is completely anonymous. Your feedback will help shaping a set of new developer experiences, inside and outside of Visual Studio. If you are willing to participate in further user studies or discuss your experience with us in person, be sure to check the opt-in box and provide your email address, we will then follow-up with you on feedback sessions. Please also pass the survey on to other developer who you think may want to provide input.


Heinrich Wendel
Program Manager, Cloud Platform Tools

Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 CTP 1 Ready to Download

Mittwoch, 03. September 2014

The first CTP for Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 is ready to download. Update 4 CTP 1 includes feature enhancements and bug fixes for Team Foundation Server and Visual C++. Checkout this detailed blog post for more info on Team Foundation Server enhancements. To learn about bug fixes check out the release notes. As a reminder, these CTPs are not supported in production environments but are meant for trial and testing.

Many of the features and bug fixes in this release come from your feedback. Thank you for sharing these suggestions, thoughts and ideas with us on our UserVoice site and through the thousands of Send-a-Smile and Send-a-Frown actions you sent us from inside the IDE. If you find a bug please send it to us via the Visual Studio Connect site.



image John Montgomery, Director of Program Management, Visual Studio Platform

John has been at Microsoft for 15 years, working in developer technologies the whole time. Most recently before working on the Visual Studio core development environment, he was working on the tools for Windows 8 development.

Survey for Web App developers or Cordova developers

Freitag, 22. August 2014

When it comes to ensuring that code quality is high, methods and approaches vary by developer. The Visual Studio team would like to hear about the ways in which you ensure high code quality. Specifically, we are looking to developers building hybrid apps using Apache Cordova™ and/or developers building web apps, to provide feedback on their experiences through our anonymous survey. Your feedback will provide direct input to support changes in future versions of Visual Studio.

This survey can take as little as 5 minutes to complete. When filling out the survey, please indicate if you would like to participate in user studies. We are also looking for developers willing to speak with us in 30 minute feedback sessions about their experiences. When completing the survey you may also opt in to our survey sweepstakes* for a chance to win a $100 or $50 gift card.

Please pass this survey on to other developers who you think may want to provide input as well.


Pratap Lakshman

Senior Program Manager, Visual Studio Client Platform Tools


The information you provide is entirely voluntary. If you do not wish to provide us with any information, please disregard this survey. By filling out and returning this survey, you agree that we can use, disclose, reproduce, or otherwise distribute your feedback at the aggregated level. Your personal information will remain confidential. Please check http://privacy.microsoft.com/en-us/default.aspx for Microsoft Privacy Statements.

*See full details on how to qualify for the sweepstakes on the second page of the survey. To be eligible for our sweepstakes, you must complete the survey. You must also be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident with a valid Social Security Number. Only one entry into the sweepstakes will be eligible per person.

Survey on Xamarin usage with .NET or VC++

Donnerstag, 21. August 2014

Cross platform mobile device development is important:

With bring-your-own-device trends in the enterprise, and heterogeneity in the consumer mobile device market, developers are increasingly focused on building apps that can target a variety of devices. We are committed to enabling developers to build apps for this heterogeneous, mobile-first world with Visual Studio for the technology of your choice – whether .NET, C++ or JavaScript.

To read more, check out this post by Soma Mobile-first, Cloud-first Development – Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 released, Visual Studio Apache Cordova Tooling preview and the future of .NET for Cloud and Server.


The following survey will help us learn about your experiences or expected experience when using Xamarin with .NET or Visual C++. If you are open to further discussions about your experience, be sure to check the box to opt-in and provide your email address.



Eric Battalio

Senior Program Manager, Visual C++ (blog)

Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 Released

Montag, 18. August 2014

Today we released Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 and an early build of the .NET Framework vNext. Get it from the Microsoft Download Center or from MSDN subscriber downloads or save some setup time and use a ready-to-use VM in Azure. You’ll find a complete list of new features and fixes in the Visual Studio “14” release notes. Some highlights in this release include:

  • ASP.NET and Web Development vNext Updates. This CTP includes all the Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 web tooling improvement and ASP.NET vNext alpha 3 runtime packages. It has improved tooling support for ASP.NET vNext, such as support for build configuration and support for unit tests, and it no longer includes content and compile items inside “.kproj” file. ASP.NET vNext includes an updated version of the RyuJIT JIT compiler. For details, please read the full post on the .NET Web Development Tools blog.
  • .NET Native Updates. .NET Native is now integrated into Visual Studio “14.” It includes initial support for calling WCF services within .NET Native apps and the associated Add Service Reference experience in Visual Studio.
  • PerfTips in the Debugger. In CTP 3 you can see how long your code took to execute as you hit breakpoints and step through code with the debugger. Simply look at the end of the current line when you are stopped in the debugger to see the performance tooltip. For more information read the dedicated post on PerfTips on diagnostics blog.


  • Visual C++ Enhancements. In this CTP, we continue enhancing our C/C++ standard conformance support in addition to overall C++ user productivity improvements. In the standards area, the compiler now supports the thread_local storage specifier, which allows objects to be stored separately for each thread. In the productivity area, Light Bulbs replace Smart Tags to show fixes to issues. Light Bulbs are both more discoverable and also offer a preview of the action before you take it. In addition, you can now refactor to convert string literals littered with escape sequences into a much more easily-readable raw-string format. We have also integrated the Rename Symbol extension for Visual Studio 2013 into the product. To learn more these features, check the Visual C++ team blog.
  • Roaming Custom Layouts. In CTP 2 we introduced Custom Layouts, which enable you to save and apply your tool window layout customizations. In CTP 3 Visual Studio will now roam these customizations across machines that have CTP 3 installed if you signed into the IDE with the same account.
  • Shared Projects. With CTP 3, you can create an empty C#, VB, and JavaScript shared project from the “File > New Project” menu. Windows Store/Phone Projects written in C#/VB/JavaScript, as well as some classic desktop projects (Console Application, Class Library, Windows Form Application, Portable Class Library, WPF) written in C#/VB can consume one or many of these shared projects.
  • High Resolution Icons. In this CTP, Visual Studio supports high resolution icons in command bars, tool window toolbars (standard) and main menus when running above 100% DPI scaling.

Other Developer Releases

Along with Visual Studio “14” CTP 3 I also want to call attention to some related released that we recently announced:

We’re looking forward to your feedback on this CTP. Please post your suggestions on UserVoice, log bugs you find on our Connect site and send us a smile or frown from inside the IDE.



image John Montgomery, Director of Program Management, Visual Studio Platform

John has been at Microsoft for 15 years, working in developer technologies the whole time. Most recently before working on the Visual Studio core development environment, he was working on the tools for Windows 8 development.