By LENNY KELLEYWASHINGTON (AP) Microsoft Corp. said Friday it will release its next version of its popular Visual Studio development tool as the technology improves in coming months and a broader range of new software is expected to make it easier to deploy.
In a blog post, the company said the next version will add support for “mixed architectures,” a common feature of Microsoft’s software that lets developers build software that runs on a variety of different platforms, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux.
The feature will also enable developers to create apps for iOS, Android and the web, the blog said.
The company said that version will come with an updated debugger and “new tools for developers to deploy their apps and apps to other platforms.
The new features will allow developers to easily develop applications that run on the Web, mobile and other platforms and run on all supported Windows platforms.”
Microsoft will also make it easy to share files between Microsoft and its own servers, and the company will begin supporting its own “Cloud” storage service, the latest version of which is expected in late 2019, the post said.
Microsoft said it will provide more details on the new software at a conference in the coming weeks.
Microsoft has been working on a new version of Visual Studio, known as Visual Studio 2017, for more than a decade.
It has been a long-term project, as it is used in the Office suite of products, the Windows operating system and the Office web browser.
Microsoft has made the Visual Studio software a focus of its efforts to make its products more widely available to developers and customers.