Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 out now, bearing cross-platform dev tools

By Gabe Carey
Jul 21, 2015
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  1. [parsehtml]<p><img src="" /></p> <p>Microsoft&#39;s vice president of Developer Division S. Somasegar announced in <a href="">a blog post</a> yesterday that Visual Studio 15 and .NET 4.6 are both available for download now. Earlier this month, Microsoft revealed that the two pieces of software would launch <a href="">9 days ahead</a> of Windows 10 RTM, a goal in which the Redmond-based tech giant has decidedly met.</p> <p>The 2015 update to Visual Studio bears developer tools for both Android and iOS, a notable diversion from Microsoft&#39;s typically exclusive focus on its own software products. Rather than using its developer tools to promote Windows, Microsoft seems to be devising a cross-platform productivity utility with Visual Studio 2015, incorporating compatibility with game engines like Unity and even adding a &quot;high performance&quot; Visual Studio emulator for Android.</p> <p>&quot;Mobile development is increasingly about building mobile experiences that run across many mobile platforms,&quot; Somasegar writes. &quot;Visual Studio 2015 includes cross-platform mobile development tools for building applications targeting iOS, Android and Windows, and offers developers choice in what languages and technologies to use to develop their mobile applications.&quot;</p> <p>Supplementing its clear concentration on mobile, Visual Studio 2015 also brings improved support for C++ 11/14/17 as well as TypeScript 1.5, F# 4.0, Python, and &quot;dozens&quot; of other programming languages.</p> <p>And, as for .NET developers, Visual Studio now allows for the creation of Universal Windows Apps for a variety of devices including desktops, phones, IoT, and Hololens. Plus, in conjunction with Xamarin&#39;s C# compilers, Visual Studio 2015 developers are now capable of building native iOS, Android, and Windows apps over a single, shared codebase.</p> <p>An increasing range of coding languages and supported platforms may be exciting for eager programmers looking to take advantage of Microsoft&#39;s shiny new array of tools, but the verdict is still out on whether Visual Studio 2015 stands a fighting chance against Xcode or Google&#39;s Android Developer Studio. Nevertheless, anyone interested in giving it a shot can now download the tools <a href="">here</a>.</p><p><a rel='alternate' href='' target='_blank'>Permalink to story.</a></p><p class='permalink'><a rel='alternate' href=''></a></p>[/parsehtml]
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