Microsoft acquires SyntaxTree, boosting support for Unity game engine

Microsoft has acquired SyntaxTree, the developer of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio. The UnityVS tool allows game creators to use Microsoft’s development environment to write, browse and debug code for their games that are powered by Unity, a popular, cross-platform game engine that is used worldwide. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. Unity… Read More


Microsoft’s Visual Studio meets Android and iOS with Apache Cordova integration

As a part of its TechEd conference in Houston, Texas today, Microsoft announced an update to its Visual Studio development environment that will give developers the ability to build cross-platform mobile apps using Apache Cordova. Today’s announcement means that Windows developers who are comfortable with Microsoft’s environment can continue to use Visual Studio, while creating… Read More


The coding game: Microsoft’s Visual Studio gets badges, achievements and leaderboard

Is there anything that can’t be turned into a game? Apparently not. Microsoft today embraced the gamification trend by introducing a new plug-in for its Visual Studio development program that will let software developers unlock achievements, receive badges and work their way up a leaderboard based on the code they write. And of course, they can… Read More