The Visual Studio team is continuing with its seemingly quarterly update pace, delivering the first public test build of the next update for Visual Studio 2012.
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Xamarin is inviting testers to kick the tires of its new automated-testing cloud service for mobile developers, which is based on technology from Xamarin's new acquisition -- LessPainful.
Microsoft is making generally available its Linux and Windows Server virtual machines, plus its Azure Virtual Network, both of which are key to making Azure competitive with Amazon Web Services.
Microsoft may be moving toward bringing back the Start Button and allowing users to boot straight to the desktop with its coming Windows 8.1 release later this year.
Microsoft is updating the Windows 8 apps built by the Bing AppEx team at Microsoft.
With Windows Blue and a coming Windows Phone 8 update, Microsoft will open the door for smaller-screen tablets and bigger-screen phones from a variety of OEMs, including itself.
Microsoft has made its MDOP 2013 virtualization and management tools available for download by volume licensees.
An alleged roadmap for Microsoft's two-year wave of coming Office updates implies Office for iOS and Android may be further away than many industry watchers thought.
Microsoft is rolling out new firmware and driver updates to its Surface RT and Surface Pro devices as part of April's Patch Tuesday.
Windows Blue isn't just a service pack. And it's not a precursor to some other version of Windows due out later this year.