Review: Visual Studio 2015 breaks new ground

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Sweeping upgrade improves everything from language support to lifecycle management, and it opens the door to cross-platform development

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  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

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    Visual Studio 2015 breaks new ground for Microsoft in creating cross-platform mobile and server apps, and in treating open source languages and version control systems as first-class components of the...

Visual Studio has always been a big product with a raft of features that grew with each release. Visual Studio 2015 extends that trend in ways I never expected to see from Microsoft.

Cross-platform mobile app development? Check that box at least twice, once for Xamarin and once for Cordova, with extra credit for portable C++ and integration with Unity.

Cross-platform servers? Check that box at least thrice, for .Net Core, ASP.Net and Entity Framework, and Python and Node.js.

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