5 Key Microsoft Announcements At Build 2018

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Developer Tooling

In the red-hot area of containers, Microsoft said that its Azure Kubernetes Service--which enables developers to more easily build and run solutions based on containers--will be generally available in the next few weeks. The Azure Kubernetes Service will also be offered for Azure IoT Edge, the company said.

For Visual Studio, Microsoft's integrated development environment, the new IntelliCode capability will provide "intelligent suggestions to improve code quality and productivity," and is now in preview. Also now in preview is the Live Share feature for Visual Studio, which makes it simpler for developers to collaborate with fellow team members in real time. In addition, Microsoft said that the Visual Studio App Center has now been integrated with GitHub to allow developers to more easily automate their DevOps processes.

Meanwhile, as blockchain continues to surge, Microsoft announced the Azure Blockchain Workbench as a new tool for bringing together blockchain networks (that are supported by Azure) with cloud services (such as Azure Active Directory and Key Vault), for developers working on blockchain applications.

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