SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

Microsoft has today announced availability of both SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and the new cloud hybrid search preview for SharePoint Server 2013 and 2016.SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview provides a first look at a select set of new infrastructure investments that will help define the scope, scale and reliability of SharePoint Server 2016. SharePoint Server 2016 unlocks new user experiences that are intuitive, yet familiar. For IT professionals, it delivers improved performance and scale with simplified management. And for developers, it offers an opportunity to build for cloud or on-premises.

What’s new?

Improved provisioning capabilities
Mobile and touch
App Launcher
New and improved controls
Simplified Sharing
Large file support
Compliance tools

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Work Item Studio App for Visual Studio Online

Work Item Studio is a mobile app that allows to view, create, and edit work items from your projects in Visual Studio Online. Work Item Studio is yet another promising product from the Microsoft Garage team.  You can also see a list of all your queries, along with the number of results in each of them. Quickly run your queries to see detailed results.

Work Item Studio
Work Item Studio

With Work Item Studio, you can easily track the status of work items and queries. Just add them to your list of in-app favorites and keep track of your work.

Work item Studio provides a quick and easy access to your work environment in visual studio online on the go. This is going to be liked by the folks in the IT industry right from the Product Owners, Project Managers, Tech Leads to the Developers alike.



Work Item Studio for Android

While the Windows version of the app has been available for quite a while now, the team has recently launched the android counter part of the app which should enable lot more users to take advantage of the app.

For those unfamiliar with the Visual Studio Online (formerly known as Team Foundation Service), allows you to Store your code, tests, and test results in the cloud with Visual Studio Online. You can then access your code from anywhere with your development tools, build your app, run tests, and deploy. No setup needed. Whether by yourself or on a team, plan your work and collaborate better with others because you can see what everyone’s working on. And, Visual Studio Online is free for up to five team members. You can get more information from the Visual Studio Online website.

Download the app for Android from the Play Store.

Download the app here for Windows Phone from the Windows Phone Store.

Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 Released

Today’s release of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 brings hundreds of new features for developers building for desktop, web, mobile, cloud and more. Visual Studio 2015 is a rich, integrated development environment for creating stunning applications for Windows, Android, and iOS, as well as modern web applications and cloud services. The detailed feature matrix can be found here: VS 2015 Detailed Feature Matrix Videos: What’s New for .NET 2015

IntelliTrace in Visual Studio 2015

Building cross-platform mobile apps using C# and Visual Studio 2015

Office Delve is here…

Starting today, Office Delve (previously codenamed “Oslo”) will begin rolling out to Office 365 business customers.
Office Delve is a new way to discover relevant information and connections from across your work life. Delve displays information that is most relevant for each person based on the work they are doing and the people with whom they are engaging.  With Delve, information finds you versus you having to find information.

All of this is presented in a beautiful, card-based design that is easy to understand and use. It also presents intuitive ways to view content, so you no longer have to remember where stuff is stored or who shared it with you.

Office 365 for business roadmap & First Release

The Office 365 for business roadmap lists updates that are currently planned for applicable subscribers. Updates are at various stages from being in development to rolling-out to customers to being generally available for applicable customers world-wide.The Office 365 for business public roadmap provides you with a way to learn more about upcoming updates before the change comes to your service. It provides a few months’ view of new features, enhancements, and major updates. It will provide visibility to planned updates that are in development and in the process of being rolled out to the service, as well as to items that have been launched and are now generally available for all eligible customers. The public roadmap will be your best source of truth for product enhancements coming to the service.

In addition to the public roadmap, also rolling out is a new program called First Release. First Release gives customers who opt-in the opportunity to get a small selection of significant enhancements to the Office 365 user experience, SharePoint Online, and Exchange Online first. If you opt-in to First Release, you will receive new qualifying feature updates first, a minimum of two weeks before customers in our standard release group.

Major Highlights:

  • Peak into the future of O365
  • Move ahead in line with First Release

Office 365 Roadmap