Microsoft has announced the release of .NET Core 1.0, ASP.NET Core 1.0 and Entity Framework Core 1.0, available on Windows, OS X and Linux. .NET Core is a cross-platform, open source and modular .NET platform for creating web apps, micro services, libraries and console applications. The release includes the .NET Core runtime, libraries and tools and the ASP.NET Core libraries.
Microsoft has announced enhanced OPC UA support for Windows, iOS, Linux and Android. The company plans to contribute a .NET Standard reference stack to the OPC Foundation GitHub open-source. The stack works on most common software platforms and allows the creation of OPC UA clients, servers and as well as “OPC Publishers” (for sending telemetry data to the cloud) on Windows Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10, iOS, Linux and Android platforms. In addition, OPC clients and servers can run directly on Azure using this stack.
Microsoft has announced the release of the new SharePoint mobile app for iOS. It provides access to team sites, organisation portals and resources as well as a view into what your colleagues are working on. The app uses Microsoft Graph to apply machine learning to activity in Office 365 to associate relevant documents and people. It works with SharePoint Online in Office 365, SharePoint Server (2013 and 2016) on-premises and hybrid environments.
Microsoft has announced that it has acquired messaging app developer Wand Labs. The Wand team will join the Bing engineering and platform team to add their expertise to the work Microsoft is doing in the area of intelligent agents and chat bots. The acquisition is intended to help accelerate the development of Conversation as a Platform.
Microsoft and LinkedIn Corporation have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire LinkedIn in an all-cash transaction valued at $26.2 billion. LinkedIn will retain its brand, culture and independence. Jeff Weiner will remain CEO of LinkedIn and report to Satya Nadella, Microsoft’s CEO. The transaction is expected to close this calendar year.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of the Enterprise State Roaming service for Windows 10. The service is part of Azure AD Premium and provides enhanced security and control of the OS and app state data that are roamed between enterprise owned devices. All synced data is encrypted before leaving the device and backed by an enterprise compliant storage service in the Microsoft Azure cloud.
Microsoft has announced the availability of Visual Studio 2015 Update 3 RC and Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 3 RC. The Visual Studio 2015 update focuses on stability and performance, with feature updates including enhancements for Visual Studio IDE, Tools for Apache Cordova and Diagnostics Tool support for applications running on Windows OneCore devices.
The TFS 2015 update is a modest release with a few features and some fixes for top reported issues.
Microsoft has released its June 2016 update for Windows App Studio, which is designed to enable App development without coding knowledge. The new release includes a read-only REST API Data Source, expands hosted web app capability declarations, tool and generated app improvements as well as enhancements to open source library and control. The Instagram data source has been withdrawn due to policy changes by Instagram.
Cubic has selected the Azure cloud platform and worked with Microsoft to design its NextTraffic architecture. The solution is an Azure-based transportation management and control offering that presents the collection, processing, monitoring, controlling and management of all traffic elements on multiple computer networks in a single place.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of SQL Server 2016, which has been designed for HTAP (Hybrid Transactional and Analytical Processing) and features improved performance, updateable, in-memory column stores and advanced analytics through deep integration with R Services.