BUILD 2020: Microsoft’s biggest developer event will be digital-only this year

Microsoft's biggest annual developer event is going digital-only as concerns about the spread of COVID-19 continue.

Similar to events like Google I/O and Facebook F8, Microsoft will stream its major announcements and cancel the physical part of this year's BUILD conference.

In a statement, Microsoft wrote:

"We will deliver our annual Microsoft Build event for developers as a digital event, in lieu of an in-person event.

Microsoft begins charming developers into supporting its dual-screen vision

Microsoft has kicked off its campaign to get developers to support its dual-screen vision with the release of a preview toolkit.

The toolkit allows developers to begin crafting apps for the company’s upcoming Android-powered Surface Duo smartphone. However, those wanting to start building apps for the Windows 10 X-powered Surface Neo PC will need to wait a bit longer.

Both of the new devices feature two displays which Microsoft is betting on as being the future of...

Microsoft teaches Visual Studio Code a few new Java tricks

Microsoft has taught Visual Studio Code a few new tricks to help Java developers as we ease into the next decade.

The main feature is a new Call Hierarchy view. By right-clicking a function and navigating to Peek Call Hierarchy, a developer can see a full list of incoming and outgoing calls (it's possible to filter just either, if you so desire.)

Another welcome addition is Data Breakpoints. This feature allows breakpoints to be set if a variable...

Microsoft opens extension submissions for its Chromium-based Edge browser

Microsoft has opened submissions from extension developers for its new Chromium-based Edge browser.

Redmond made the decision earlier this year to end the development of Microsoft's own browser engine and use Google's Chromium instead.

The decision was met with a mixed reaction. Some welcomed Microsoft adding its expertise to Chromium's development, while others – especially Mozilla – expressed concern about the loss of another alternative to...

Microsoft will make building apps for dual-screen devices as easy as possible

Microsoft has pledged that it will make building apps for the incoming wave of dual-screen devices as simple as possible.

Last month, Microsoft announced dual-screen Surface devices which it believes are the future of mobile computing. Somewhat confusing matters is that various devices will run different operating systems:

The new Surface devices aren’t expected until late next year but Microsoft wanted to set out its vision early to begin recruiting developers...

Facebook adopts Visual Studio Code internally through Microsoft partnership

Facebook has collaborated with Microsoft to further improve the latter’s Visual Studio Code’s remote development extensions to allow remote development at scale with the editor.

As reported by Thurrott, Microsoft improved the Visual Studio Code’s remote development experience by using Facebook’s feedback and input, allowing the social media giant to start out its own custom...

GitHub employees demand Microsoft cancels its contract with ICE

Microsoft is set to enter into a controversial contract with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and GitHub staff are demanding it’s cancelled.

The contract is worth $200,000 but ICE has repeatedly come under fire from rights campaigners after a string of abuses, including the highly-publicised separation and detention of migrant children from their families.

Here’s the open letter addressed to GitHub’s CEO and leadership team:

The...

Microsoft announces dual-screen Surface devices early to recruit Windows 10X devs

Microsoft has announced hardware due for release next year in a bid to recruit developers for Windows 10X, an OS designed for dual-screen devices.

Both of the new devices, Surface Duo and Surface Neo, have dual-screens and represent what Microsoft believes is the next popular form factor. The former is a futuristic smartphone, while the latter is designed to be a laptop replacement.

The devices have certainly generated some hype. "Surface Neo is the first MS device...

Microsoft’s free new font Cascadia is designed for developers

Microsoft has released a free new font called Cascadia which has been designed to be aesthetically-pleasing for coders.

With Microsoft debuting its new Windows Terminal command-line experience during the company’s Build conference this year, Redmond decided that developers should also be treated to a new font.

In a blog post, Microsoft program manager Kayla Cinnamon wrote:

“It is the latest monospaced font shipped from Microsoft and...

Adopted or abandoned: Microsoft details Chromium-based Edge features

Microsoft has provided details of what features are being adopted or abandoned from Chromium for its Edge browser reincarnation.

Last year, Microsoft announced it would be scrapping development of its EdgeHTML engine (a decision criticised by some) and switching to Chromium for its Edge browser.

In providing reasons why it made the switch, Microsoft cites better web compatibility for users, less fragmentation for developers, and the ability to ‘join forces to evolve the...