Developers are being treated to a bumper Build 2021 from Microsoft. During day one of the developer conference, the company has announced a lot of new Microsoft Azure and DevOps updates across .NET, Azure, and Visual Studio.

.NET 6 Preview 4

Leading the way for developer changes at Build 2021 is the launch of .NET 6 Preview 4. This is the latest version of Microsoft’s open source developer platform. This latest preview of .NET 6 comes with the following changes:

  • “.NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI), for developers building native apps for Windows, macOS, iOS and Android with a single codebase and development experience, is now supported in Visual Studio.
  • ASP.NET Blazor hybrid apps for developers building cross-platform desktop web UIs that take advantage of native device capabilities.
  • Cloud native investments such as smaller container images that use less memory and minimal web APIs for building smaller, faster microservices.
  • More device targets and flexible deployment including Apple Silicon (“M1”) support and Windows Forms and Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) on ARM64.
  • Performance improvements continue up and down the stack to improve runtime as well as build time, so users can develop and debug apps iteratively and quickly.”

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Azure Security Center

Azure Security Center (ASC) is a security management system for datacenters. Microsoft says ASC can now surface results from container scans through a GitHub Action. This means customers can fold security and compliance into their software at early development stages. Among the benefits of the feature include better remediation time, improved cloud security, and end-to-end traceability.

Visual Studio 2019

Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 2019 16.10, the latest version of the integrated development platform. This means version 16.10 is moving from preview to general availability with IntelliSense improvements. Users can automate workflows and leverage features to get better testing environments.

Elsewhere in VS 2019 16.10, Microsoft is adding 20 C++ conformance features, among them C Make preset files support and remote connections security.

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