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  • Microsoft Build 2015: We’re there, come say hi!

    All of a sudden it seems, Microsoft Build is again upon us. And what a Build it promises to be. Let’s see what’s been promised, or, even better, what’s been conjectured.

    Architectural plans for build1. Visual Studio 2015. OK, it seems fairly clear by now that at a Microsoft developers’ conference called Build, Microsoft are going to announce a new build (geddit?) of Visual Studio 2015. I doubt it’ll be the RTM but instead the RC, or Release Candidate. That’ll make it high time for this software-risk-averse CTO to install it on his machine – virtual machines, what are they?

    2. Windows 10. No, definitely not the release, but I dare say there’ll be some kind of developer-related news about the next generation of the Windows platform. There may be another beta release, but then again Microsoft are throwing out new versions regularly already.

    3. Developing cross-platform Windows apps. With the previous two items, we’ll be hearing about the ins and outs of creating cross-platform apps. Maybe with some joint time with Xamarin (after all, they are there too). So expect lots of information about Universal apps, especially for the phone. Maybe even for IoT? Who knows. (Well, they do, but you know what I mean.)

    4. Azure. Not too sure what will be talked about with regard to Azure. After all, we’ve just had Azure Mobile Services released, but there’s bound to be something new to keep the Azure name in the forefront of everyone’s mind.

    Not only all that, but we shall be there too showing off the DevExpress goods in our booth. And swag. Don’t forget that. So please come on over: Mike Roz, Mehul Harry, and Yours Truly will be there to talk about DevExpress products and about what’s coming up in v15.1 in – ooh, I don’t know <cough, cough> – a month’s time? Plus you’ll have the opportunity to ask us difficult questions about how we’re going to be supporting any new functionality related to 1 to 4 above. Plus swag.

    See you this week! (Did I mention the swag?)

  • RAD Studio XE8 has been released

    Hand with WrenchI’m quite sure that if you are an Embarcadero RAD Studio fan, you know that XE8 was released yesterday. According to the email from Embarcadero notifying me, it was released at 12:01am – cue an old story my Dad used to tell me that the British Army never planned anything for 12:00am or 12:00pm because no one knew which one was noon and which one was midnight. Whereas one minute past the hour? No problem.

    Anyway, if you’ve already downloaded and installed it, you may be turning to DevExpress to see whether the latest release of our VCL Subscription supports it. Coincidentally, we released v14.2.5 of the VCL Subscription overnight too. Unfortunately, our releases clashed and v14.2.5 does not have that all important support for XE8. (After all, we get the new version of RAD Studio at roughly the same time as everyone else.)

    So this is a placeholder post to say, yes, we’re now testing our VCL code against the official RAD Studio XE8 release and, yes, you will be getting that support in a few days in a new minor version – v14.2.6 – of your active subscription. Stay tuned!

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