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A Summary of Things that Microsoft Released Today for Developers: VS2015, .NET 4.6, etc

Visual Studio

Visual Studio 2015



Here is a list of new features in Visual Studio 2015.

Visual Studio 2013 Update 5


This update is the latest in a cumulative series of technology improvements and bug fixes for Visual Studio 2013. Periodic updates enable us to enhance and expand both Visual Studio and Team Foundation Server more frequently to support the latest software development innovations for building and managing modern apps.

Here is a list of new enhancements in Visual Studio 2013 Update 5.

.NET Framework and SDKs

.NET 2015


.NET Framework 4.6

With the .NET Framework 4.6, you’ll enjoy better performance with the new 64-bit “RyuJIT” JIT and high DPI support for WPF and Windows Forms. ASP.NET provides HTTP/2 support when running on Windows 10 and has more async task-returning APIs. There are also major updates in Visual Studio 2015 for .NET developers, many of which are built on top of the new Roslyn compiler framework. The .NET languages — C# 6, F# 4, VB 14 — have been updated, too.  [Read More]



What is new in ASP.NET 4.6?  ASP.NET 4.6 includes the following new versions of the framework:

  • ASP.NET Web Forms 4.6
  • ASP.NET MVC 5.2.3
  • ASP.NET Web Pages 3.2.3
  • ASP.NET Web API 5.2.3
  • ASP.NET SingalR 2.1.2
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ASP.NET 5 Beta

ASP.NET 5 is a lean and composable .NET stack for building modern web applications for both cloud and on-premises servers.  This re-write of ASP.NET was started in order to provide an improved, modern web framework that could be run cross-platform and updated as quickly as the web changes.

Visual Studio 2015 includes the ASP.NET 5 beta5 runtime packages. These packages are still in preview and are not recommended for use in production. You can find all the details on the specific enhancements added and issues fixed in the published release notes on GitHub.

The ASP.NET 5 team has published a roadmap to their public release on GitHub.  Be sure to check that out if you are interested in when you can publish an application to production.

Azure SDK 2.7 for .NET

Download for Visual Studio 2015 | Visual Studio 2013




C# 6.0 and VB 14

C# 6 and VB 14 add a lot of small but useful language features to remove boilerplate and clean up your code. This GitHub page lists the new language features in C# 6 and VB 14.  The following video takes you on a whirlwind tour through all the new language constructs.


TypeScript 1.5

New with Visual Studio 2015 is the TypeScript 1.5 release.  This release represents a large jump in ECMAScript 6 compatibility and in features that allow you to work better with popular libraries like Angular.


F# 4.0

Get a sampling of what’s new in F# 4.0!  We’ll take a quick tour of 6 new features in Visual F# 4.0 – constructors as first-class functions, simplified mutable values, a normalized collections API, ReflectedDefinition method arguments, static parameters on provided methods, and IDE script debugging.



Visual Studio Emulator for Android

Make deploying, testing, and debugging your Android apps a breeze with our fast, free, best-of-breed Android emulator. Experience first-class integration with Visual Studio 2015 to develop Android apps in C++, HTML/Javascript with Tools for Apache Cordova, or C# with Xamarin. Work in Java with your favorite Android tools over ADB. Choose from a wide variety of Android versions, screen sizes, and resolutions then powerfully simulate device features such as GPS, accelerometer, OpenGL, battery and more.


Apache Cordova for Visual Studio 2015

A short list of changes in the Tools for Apache Cordova for Visual Studio 2015:


Python Tools for Visual Studio 2015

Visual Studio 2015 now includes support for the Python language. This video shows how Visual Studio features like IntelliSense, debugging, source control and unit tests are available for Python, and how to get started.


Node.js Tools for Visual Studio 2015

With IntelliSense, advanced debugging and profiling, npm Integration, unit testing, source control, cloud deployment, and more… Visual Studio is now a full-fledged Node.js IDE. This video will help you get up and running with Node.js Tools for Visual Studio. We will cover installation of Node Tools, and walk you through the steps of creating, debugging, and deploying an Express website to Azure App Service.

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