Microsoft has revealed that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 will be available for download on 20 July. This release opens up Visual Studio to developers targeting cross-platform mobile development for iOS, Android and Windows and game development targeting Unity, Unreal and Cocos. The release includes enhancements to developer productivity with proactive diagnostics tooling and Roslyn language services for C# and VB.
Microsoft has announced the availability of another Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build. Build 10149 includes Microsoft Edge branding for the new browser (Project Spartan), general UX improvements and refinements, Cortana improvements as well as updates for a number of apps.
The National Health Service’s NHS Choices-has been running on Microsoft Azure. Implementation time was reduced by a month and the platform handled an all-time-high figure of 52 million visits. Compared to their previous hosting provider, annual costs have been reduced and they have had a positive experience with Linux and Ruby on Azure.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Sway for iPad as well as an updated version of Sway for iPhone. Sway for iPad has been optimised for the larger screen and allows you to create, view and share Sways in landscape and portrait mode and includes a few additional capabilities, such as the Remix! button for trying out different layouts and styles.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps for Android phone. Features include full fidelity documents for review and edit, present PowerPoint slides from the phone as well as support for OneDrive, Dropbox, Google Drive and Box.
Microsoft has announced the release of Build 10136 of the Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview. Apart from fixing a number of bugs, the build includes a range of UX refinements, improvements to Cortana, Photos and Camera as well as usability improvements for one-handed use.
Microsoft has announced changes to its senior leadership team under the auspices of aligning the engineering teams to the company’s strategy.
Executive Vice President Terry Myerson will lead a newly formed team, Windows and Devices Group (WDG), focused on enabling more personal computing experiences using the Windows ecosystem. This new team combines the engineering efforts of the current Operating Systems Group and Microsoft Devices Group.
Executive Vice President Scott Guthrie continues to lead the Cloud and Enterprise (C+E) team focused on building the intelligent cloud platform. The C+E team will also focus on building high-value infrastructure and business services to manage business processes, especially in the areas of data and analytics, security and management as well as development tools. In addition, the Dynamics development teams will move to the C+E team.
Executive Vice President Qi Lu continues to lead the Applications and Services Group (ASG) focused on productivity services for digital work that spans all devices.
Stephen Elop, Kirill Tatarinov and Eric Rudder will leave Microsoft after a designated transition period. Chief Insights Officer Mark Penn has decided to pursue another venture outside Microsoft and will be leaving the company in September.
Microsoft has released a beta version of its Skype for Web offering, which supports calls and IMs using a browser on Windows or Mac computers. Instant messaging is supported for Chromebook and Linux users.
Microsoft has announced a consolidated list of its latest Cloud Platform releases. These include the general availability of Azure RMS Departmental Templates, a public preview of Visual Studio Application Insights, the availability of Azure Premium Storage in East Australia and the availability of new Power BI Content Packs.
Microsoft has announced that it has completed the acquisition of BlueStripe Software, a provider of application management technology. BlueStripe’s solution helps map, monitor and troubleshoot distributed applications across heterogeneous operating systems and multiple datacentre and cloud environments. Microsoft plans to integrate the solution into its management products and services, such as System Center and Operations Management Suite (OMS).