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Mozilla is looking for a scapegoat

The declining browser’s problem isn’t anti-competitive practices, it’s competition itself.

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Visual Studio vs. Visual Studio Code: How to choose

Choosing between Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio may depend as much on your work style as on the language support and features you need. Here’s how to decide.

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Microsoft’s complicated dance with open source

The decision to make the C# extension in Visual Studio Code proprietary is raising hackles, but Microsoft is still a consistent supporter of open source.

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Internet Explorer reaches the end of the line

Microsoft has ended support for its legacy Internet Explorer web browser, though IE mode lives on in Microsoft Edge.

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Review: Visual Studio Code shines for Java

With the Extension Pack for Java, VS Code makes a highly capable Java IDE and formidable competitor to Eclipse, NetBeans, and IntelliJ IDEA.

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Introducing Microsoft’s Power Pages

Microsoft’s Power Platform low-code tools now build web apps and turn pictures into code.

Microsoft launches Azure VMs powered by new Ampere Altra Arm-based chips

The new virtual machines can deliver up to 50% better price-performance than comparable x86 processors, according to Microsoft.

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Microsoft pushes optional type annotations for JavaScript

Standards proposal would allow annotations to be checked by external type checkers like TypeScript but treated as comments by the JavaScript engine.

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Google, Microsoft, Apple, Mozilla address browser pain points

Interop 2022 is a cross-browser initiative and public benchmark to find and fix interoperability issues on the web platform.

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How to create PowerPoint slides from R

Learn how to generate PowerPoint slides straight from an R Markdown document. Plus, create interactive HTML slides in R with the xaringan package.

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Getting started with the Teams JavaScript SDK v2.0

Microsoft is bringing the Teams app host to the rest of Office, starting with Outlook.

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Visual Studio feedback upgrade snubs older versions

New feedback system will increase responsiveness to issues and improve the developer experience, Microsoft says, but some users will need to update their IDEs.

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Build on Excel using the Microsoft Graph API

Excel apps are everywhere. Thanks to Microsoft Graph, we can build them into our web and mobile applications.

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Review: Document parsing in AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud

Amazon Textract, Azure Form Recognizer, and Google Document AI can parse your unstructured documents and produce structured information for all kinds of digital transformation use cases.

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Microsoft Power Apps review: Sweeter than Honeycode

Much more than a no-code builder, Power Apps lets you add functionality with Excel-like formulas, easily connects to external data sources, and integrates with Power Automate for flow editing and Power BI for data analysis.

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Microsoft joins Java Community Process

Newfound commitment to the Java platform includes releases of Microsoft Build for OpenJDK in May and Language Support for Java on Visual Studio Code in October.

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Cloud costs a lot of money

Recent capital expenditure reports show that the hyperscalers’ spending brings new meaning to ‘pay to play.’

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Microsoft Visual Studio 2022 is due November 8

Microsoft has made a version 17.0 release candidate and Preview 5 of the newly 64-bit IDE available with a go-live license for production use.

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