Microsoft announces new features for Visual Studio Mobile Center

Today is the second day of Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference, and the company made a number of announcements. One of those is improvements for Visual Studio Mobile Center, a cloud service that was announced back in November.

While it's designed for apps that target iOS and Android, today's new features include Windows support, and there will be a preview of the "Crashes and Test services for UWP applications later this year."

Here are the other new features that were announced:

  • You can now use the Build service with your repository from Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS), Bitbucket, and GitHub. It's never been easier to set up Continuous Integration and Delivery for your app.
  • In addition to Appium and Xamarin.UITest, Mobile Center now supports the platform-specific test frameworks for iOS and Android – XCUITest and Espresso – enabling you to write test scripts in your preferred framework.

  • With the Distribute service, you can promote your successful builds directly to the app stores or your Intune company portal.
  • The new Mobile Center Push service allows you to segment and target users based on analytics data, like geography, network provider, or activity.

Visual Studio Mobile Center is a cloud service, so most of these features should be available soon. You can find out more at Keith Ballinger's blog post.

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