Summary While trying not to get too distracted by the 30 interns who do Glee Club in the Redmond yards, Microsoft workers began September with a series of releases for Windows 10, .NET Core, Visual Studio and more .
Microsoft goes all the way to the musical theater for his latest video
Microsoft interns and employees have found time to put together a musical number that extols the virtues of the company and its former CEO, Bill Gates. A little good tone was also projected on Windows Vista and the company's uncertain foray into the mobile phone market.
Compared to the awkwardness of some of the company's recent marketing attempts, it is difficult to criticize the enthusiasm of workers who have clearly pushed large amounts of effort into work.
Microsoft is not alone. The likes of SUSE, of course, have used the odd musical number or two. The Redmond version, however, has a refreshing tint. Rather, we expect some of the group to appear on stage to animate some of the most valuable and endless keynotes spit out by certain executives.
A note from the director of Data Science intern Liam McGregory insisted that a total of 150 participants put the hours out of their regular jobs.
It is good to know for those concerned that the recent Windows problem could have been due to too much dancing and too little debugging.
Dragging Cortana on Windows 10 and a major correction of WSL 2 in the Fast Ring
While the testers of the next version of Windows 10 (also known as 19H2) were put in a roughly equal position the Last week, Microsoft lived up to its old tricks with Windows next year. At least in regards to the dozen users who really care about Cortana.
Build 18975 was lightweight in striking features, as evidenced by the Windows team that proudly announces that it can now move the Cortana chat window to any place I like. Like, uh, a normal window application.
Interestingly for a seemingly simple feature, only 50 percent of Microsoft Fast Ring Windows Insiders users will really play with it while the company validates "the quality of the experience."
More useful is the appointment of virtual desktops, which has now been implemented for all Microsoft unpaid testers in Fast Ring.
The gang has also adjusted the second coming of the Windows Linux subsystem to deal with a TCP problem related to how WSL 2 implemented localhost. The problem, which forced several users to resort to the use of an IP address or several alternative solutions, and its resolution is a good example of how the problem is tracked for WSL 2 on GitHub.
The Windows Insider team, with its infamously dubious communication, could perhaps take note.
.NET Core 3.0 is presented in a September release
A final polishing of .NET Core 3.0, Microsoft's crack when eventually replacing the venerable .NET Framework with something a bit more open source and dynamic, was issued last week in the form of Preview 9.
Program manager Richard Lander again warned that the launch lacked new features as the team focused on the last adjustment and finished before a final launch in .NET Conf between September 23 and 25.
While Microsoft insisted that the preview was ready for production, and is using it on the .NET site, it would seem wise to wait a few more weeks for the final release or possibly hang the fire until November, when Version 3.1 of long-term support (LTS) is due.
.NET Core 3.0 can be used on macOS, Linux and, of course, Windows. Lander also warned that Visual Studio users who want to play with it should run version 16.3 on PC and preview version 8.3 Preview 3 on Mac. The reason? "We only tested .NET Core 3.0 with Visual Studio 2019 16.3 and we have made many improvements and key fixes that are only in 16.3. The same model applies to Visual Studio for Mac 8.3."
Entity Framework Core 3.0 and Entity Framework 6.3 also reached its ninth advance before the imminent final release. Like .NET Core 3.0, the team is focusing on troubleshooting instead of incorporating new features.
However, program manager Diego Vega warned that LINQ in Entity Framework Core 3.0 was implemented quite differently from previous versions and that users had a good position. possibility of encountering problems.
One of the suggested solutions were good old-fashioned SQL queries.
Visual Studio Code 1.38 arrives
The August update brought Microsoft's open source wrangler, VS Code, to version 1.38 last week.
The preservation of upper and lower case letters has been extended through operations of searching and replacing multiple files, with words separated by hyphens that also optionally keep upper and lower case letters. The configuration editor has received some additional knowledge, and will now mark matrices that do not match the scheme, and the number of visible lines to display around the cursor when moving to the beginning or end of a file can also be customized . 19659005] Wealthy Mac users with the company's premium laptops can now also switch individual VS Code commands on the touch bar.
Away from the variety of editor settings, VS Code now ships with an updated TypeScript – version 3.6.2 – and also adds Data Breakpoints, which stop things when the value of an underlying variable changes (assuming time Execution or debugger supports function).
Fans of remote development will also be delighted to see the arrival of support for Alpine Linux Containers and Alpine WSL Distributions in preview form.
Visual Studio for Mac 8.3 Preview 3 crashes
In order not to be exceeded by the Visual Studio code, a third preview for the Mac version of Visual Studio was issued last week, with the aim of simplifying the things for ASP.NET Core developers.
Web editors in version 8.3 Preview have been updated to share the same user interface as C # and XAML editors. Web files, which include HTML, CSS and JS, make use of the language services found in Visual Studio on Windows, packed with the same code format, syntax highlighting and IntelliSense support.
Editor aside, the update also adds a simple drop-down list of Target Framework at the top of the editor window and NuGet solution level package management.
The market share of the mixed reality headsets of Windows falls again
Microsoft has not yet launched the HoloLens 2, but judging by the figures of the game Shack Steam, the use of its other inclination in reality Virtual continues to decline.
Published figures show that Windows Mixed Reality's share is now 8.24 percent, having briefly flirted with 11.1 percent in recent months.  Microsoft's new virtual reality hardware has been notable for its absence, and even the recently opened Microsoft flagship store in the UK was reluctant to mention things (although the staff was very happy to talk about HoloLens) .
Despite occ. flashes of light in the form of HP's recent and very delayed Reverb, existing Oculus and HTC players continue to dominate.
Somewhere, deep in the bowels of Redmond, we fear that the ax of Windows Phone and Microsoft Band is sharpening once again. ®