Microsoft Expand Productivity Capabilities, Acquire Intentional Software

Microsoft Intentional Software will be a tremendous asset as we continue to innovate on collaboration tools and experiences for modern workers. Releases Visual Studio 2017 Preview 15.2.

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Microsoft buys Intentional Software

Microsoft has signed an agreement to acquire Intentional Software, that has been focused on creating a platform for a new generation of team productivity apps.

Microsoft is already empowering people and organizations to be more productive with the recent launch of "Microsoft Teams," a chat-based workspace for Office 365, and "Surface Hub," which is designed to unlock the power of the group. Now, this acquisition will build on the work "we're already doing to deliver the tools necessary to be productive in an information-rich world," writes EVP. "Intentional Software's technology and talent will enhance our existing capabilities and strengthen our ability to add new tools and services to Microsoft's robust productivity offering."

Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017 Preview 15.2 - with following changes included in this release:

  • Data science and analytical applications workload has been added.
  • The Python development workload is now localized in all supported Visual Studio language packs.
  • Side-by-side support for TypeScript compiler versions.
  • You can now pass command line debug arguments in JavaScript UWP applications. This was previously available for C#, VB, and C++ UWP applications. Note: There is an issue with passing command line arguments to the Simulator in this release.
  • Multiple Team Explorer fixes.
  • You can now change the location of where packages are cached or even disable caching of packages during install, modify, or repair.
  • Multiple F# tools improvements.
  • CMake integration now supports CMake 3.7.2. This updated CMake menu is based on your feedback.
  • Linux C++ now enables improved type visualization during debugging.
  • Fixed issue where Visual Studio 2017 may not launch when installed alongside Visual Studio 2005 or earlier.
  • The Game Development with Unity workload now offers to install Unity 5.6.

Issues fixed in this version of the preview:

  • A debugger crash in C++ code that uses the typeid operator is now fixed.
  • Customers using website projects would see crashes when right clicking in the solution explorer that are now fixed.
  • A crash when using the HTML editor in .Net core web projects.