You may be aware that we are right in the middle of Microsoft's Connect(); //2016 Event. Some of the announcements have already been made relating to Azure and the Microsoft Development platform. I have been pulling together some of the blog posts from the event for ease.
Disclaimer: I have captured a majority of the updates, but there may be some that I have missed. Please let me know, and I can update the blog post with the details.
TFS 2017 RTM: TFS 2017 has now been RTM'd, which brings some of the vast innovation from Visual Studio Team Services, back onto the on-premises counterpart. This blog post also talks about the GA of Package Management, Release Management, Integrated Azure CI/CD. It also speaks of the Hosted Linux Agent preview, Improved Docker Search preview, Work Item Support preview and TFS Import preview.
Azure Functions: Azure functions, Microsoft's serverless cloud compute technology has been in Public Preview for some time. According to the blog post, there is extra tooling support for Visual Studio Code, and there will be preview tooling available for Visual Studio 2015 coming soon.
Azure Application Insights: Azure Application Insights (previously Visual Studio Application Insights) is now Generally Available. It is a great platform for Application Performance Management (APM), providing you with an understanding of the ongoing operations of your application.
App Service on Linux, supporting Containers and ASP.NET Core: App Service on Linux launched in September 2016. App Service is a Platform as a Service (PaaS) approach for hosting different types of web applications. Typically, the value of PaaS is the reduced management overhead. The Microsoft team has allowed for Docker formatted container images to be pushed to App Service for Linux, using particular versions of your dependencies, and a container registry service of your choice. As such, you can run ASP.NET Core on App Service for Linux, as there is an ASP.NET Core Docker image.
Azure Data Lake: Azure Data Lake Analytics and Azure Data Lake Store are both now generally available. This news will be especially useful if you are interested in distributed analytics or storage of your data. You can use the power of U-SQL (combination of SQL and C#) to interact with that data.
Visual Studio 2017 RC (previously known as Visual Studio "15") is now available. There are numerous changes focused around Boosted Productivity, Great Mobile Development, Streamlined Cloud Development and Redefined Fundamentals - Check out the official page to find out more!
Visual Studio for Mac: Microsoft is continuing its investment for developers on any platform. It acts as a one-stop shop on the Mac for Android, iOS, and .NET Core technologies. You can find even more information on the official page.
SQL Server on Linux, First Preview of next release of SQL Server: Microsoft continues it's cross-platform journey, by releasing a preview of SQL Server on Linux. The previously mentioned blog post contains information on installation steps, as well as the tooling available. There is now a preview extension for SQL Server on Visual Studio Code
Azure Bot Service: At Build 2016, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Bot Framework, allowing you to create bots across multiple channels. Microsoft has continued its investment in this space and has brought the first "Bot as a Service" platform, based on Azure Functions and the Bot Framework.
Azure Data Lake Tooling for Visual Studio Code: Microsoft's Open Source code editing software, Visual Studio Code, allows for you to install extensions, supporting your productivity. Microsoft has released a preview toolset to support productivity with Azure Data Lake.
Application Insights tooling in Visual Studio: The Developer Analytics tools feature in Visual Studio interacts with Application Insights data passed into Azure; the team has Operation Timelines, Request Telemetry and CodeLens for Debug.