Day two of the software firm's Build developer conference saw fewer eye-catching demonstrations, as the firm went a little more in-depth on its development tools going forwards.
One notable announcement was the availability of GitHub Enterprise on Azure, enabling Microsoft customers to build enterprise-grade applications using their own private instance of the code repository platform. This is notable because Microsoft already has its own repository site, CodePlex.
Microsoft further unveiled a GitHub extension for Visual Studio, enabling developers to connect and work directly with public or private GitHub projects from within the firm's Visual Studio 2015 developer suite. Developers can also search for and retrieve code samples and projects from GitHub thanks to a new Developer Assistant for Visual Studio powered by Bing.
John Shewchuk, Microsoft Technical Fellow and head of the firm's Developer Experience team demonstrated a new technology called ManifoldJS, intended to allow developers to take web code and turn it into a cross-platform local app for Android, iOS and Windows.
In a separate session, Microsoft's corporate vice president of the Operating Systems Group David Treadwell discussed how developers could build Windows 10 applications that adapt to the capabilities of different devices, such as different size screens and whether it uses a keyboard or touchscreen for input.
Part of this revolves around what Treadwell called Adaptive Triggers, which allows the developer to write code that changes the application layout based on the screen size, for example.
"This makes it easy to adapt your app for common scenarios, and means you can write the code just once. We're offering one set of APIs that lets you create a single package to reach all devices," he said.
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