Monthly Archives: June 2015

Microsoft will release Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015, and .NET 4.6 on July 20


Microsoft today announced the final releases of Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015, and .NET 4.6 will be available for download on July 20. The goal with this release is to open Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms, including cross-platform mobile development (Android, iOS, and Windows) and game development targeting Unity, Unreal, Cocos, and so on.

In November, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview, among other previews of updated developer tools, at its Connect() developer event in New York City. Over the past six months, the previews have received regular updates and improvements, leading up to their final launch.


To celebrate, Microsoft is holding a Visual Studio 2015 Final Release Event (no registration required) on July 20 at 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 a.m. EDT). The company will outline the new features and technologies coming in the release, offer interactive Q&A sessions with the engineering team, and dive into technical details via over 60 on-demand video sessions.

In typical developer event fashion, the Visual Studio team will build an end-to-end solution for an open-source project using the newest tools and technologies. During the live coding session, developers will have the opportunity to ask questions as the project is built.

Visual Studio 2015 adds new tools for Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) development, including a Visual Diagnostics tool, a Timeline tool, and a redesigned Blend designer experience. Team Foundation Server is getting Git Pull Requests plus improvements to work planning, test case management, and release management.

As part of .NET 2015, Microsoft is delivering .NET 4.6, the next version of the desktop .NET framework. Included are key improvements to the WPF platform, such as support for transparent windows and multi-image cursor files.

This is a huge release, and one that is naturally timed to arrive right before Windows 10’s debut on July 29. It is Microsoft’s first major step wooing developers over to its tools and platforms.

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With Windows as a Service, Microsoft changes how it reports revenue for Windows 10

At Microsoft's Build developer conference in San Francisco on April 30.

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Microsoft will change the way it regularly reports revenue to shareholders after Windows 10 comes out on July 29. Today Microsoft issued a PowerPoint presentation going over the finer points of the changes.


“We will have a new revenue recognition model because Windows 10 will include software updates provided over time, rather than at specifically priced software upgrade events, which will result in the deferral of revenue,” Microsoft wrote on one slide in the presentation (.PPTX). This reflects Microsoft’s strategic shift to what it calls “Windows as a Service.”


Deferred revenue will show up on the “Corporate and Other” line of Microsoft’s quarterly earnings statements once people start to pay for Windows 10. Microsoft’s balance sheet will also be affected. Here’s a slide showing the changes:


How Microsoft's earnings statements will change with Windows 10.


What doesn’t change, Microsoft said in the slide deck, is the “software licensing business model and the associated method or timing of consumer billings or cash collections with the introduction of Windows 10.”


The other thing that doesn’t change is that Microsoft still plans to give free Windows 10 upgrades to people running genuine versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.


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