As the partnership between Microsoft and Salesforce continues to grow, Microsoft is delighted to have a presence at Dreamforce ’16. We have sessions to show how you can create Salesforce connected apps on Windows Platform, and how to reuse code from your old Win32 apps and deploy them to the Windows Store to reach a broader audience. We’re also super excited about some new features in Visual Studio, and we want to share that with you, too.

Dreamforce Sessions

Building Salesforce connected apps with Visual Studio – Presented by Dave Carroll from Salesforce

Visual Studio provides an amazing tooling and development experience for both new and experienced developers. Make sure to mark your agenda for Friday Oct 7th, 11:30-12:00 in the Moscone West Mobile Theater. Come learn about developing Salesforce connected Mobile apps for the Windows family of devices using Visual Studio Salesforce connected services template and the toolkit for .NET.

Project Centennial: Bringing your Desktop apps to Windows Store – Presented by Sanjeev Dwivedi from Microsoft

Windows Store provides a great way to create, distribute, manage, and update your applications to millions of customers. In the past, this functionality was limited to applications that used the Windows Store approved API set, and so developers creating Windows Desktop Apps could only look on with envy.  This has now changed! Microsoft has released Project Centennial, which allows you to develop and distribute Desktop Apps via Windows Store.

There are a lot of tasks that go with developing an app, such as distribution, installation, and updates. With Project Centennial, you get an easy pass to do all this and more. Come learn how Project Centennial can bring your classic Desktop apps to Windows store with a minimal amount of work, on Tuesday October 4th, 9:00-9:30 in Moscone West, in the Innovation Theater.

What’s new with Visual Studio

If you’re a Windows Developer, creating Salesforce connected Web applications using the toolkit for .NET or Windows Store applications using the Salesforce Mobile SDK for Windows, we have great news for  you. Microsoft has made available  Visual Studio Community edition completely free for teams of up to 5 people. Get started today with the Visual Studio Community edition with the great features and ease of development that it offers.

If developing on Windows isn’t your forte, no worries! With the release of Free Visual Studio Code, you get a lightweight code editor with cross platform presence on Windows, Mac and Linux. You can use Visual Studio Code to edit your Apex code, which provides you  amazing tooling, IntelliSense and an integrated debugging experience on any platform of your choice.

Free Private Git repos with Visual Studio Online

As you venture on your journey to create cool and innovative products, being able to collaborate with other developers becomes a necessity. With Visual Studio Online, you can create unlimited Git repositories with teams up to 5 people completely for free! Additionally, Visual Studio Online offers you free tools to manage your projects, milestones and bug reports. Git integration in both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code ensures that you never have to leave the UI to manage any aspect of your codebase, no matter your project type, be it a Salesforce connected website, Mobile app or a Lightning component. Review, stage, and make commits, right from within Visual Studio.

Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code can work across any git repos hosted anywhere, with either your favorite git repo provider, or an in-house installation of git. Manage all your Salesforce code, using free Git hosting provided by Visual Studio Online. And yes! The Visual Studio Online Git repositories do work with the Eclipse based IDE, so you can mix and match it with your favorite choice of tooling.

We have all of these and other cool new integrations to showcase between Microsoft and Salesforce. Stop by our booth in the Developer Forest to learn more!

Learn More

Trailhead is the fun way to learn Salesforce, and it’s a great way to learn how Salesforce and Microsoft work together. To find out more, check out these learning modules in Trailhead.

If you’re a Salesforce or Microsoft developer, you can use your Web development skills to integrate Salesforce into Office through add-ins. We show you how in this webinar:

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