Microsoft releases April 2016 developer virtual machines

Mark Coppock

Microsoft wants to do everything possible to make developing apps for various flavors of Windows 10 as easy as possible. Build 2016 was, naturally enough, chock full of announcements tailor-made to help developers make apps for Microsoft’s platform. From the Xamarin cross-platform development tool being made free with Visual Studio, to a variety of Edge development opportunities, to a slew of new Windows 10 features that developers will be taking advantage of in the upcoming Anniversary Update, Microsoft has demonstrated a real love for developers.

One of the less sexy methods that Microsoft uses to help developers access their technologies is the monthly release of evaluation virtual machines for the most popular virtualization technologies. Today, the company announced the availability of April’s versions of virtual machines for Hyper-V, Parallels, VirtualBox, and VMWare.

The following VMs are available:

  • Windows 10 Enterprise Evaluation, Version 1511 (Build 10586)
  • Visual Studio 2015 Community Update
  • Windows developer SDK and tools (Build 10586)
  • Windows IoT Core SDK and Raspberry Pi 2 (Build 10586.0.151029-1700)
  • Windows IoT Core project templates (Version 1.0)
  • Microsoft Azure SDK for .NET (Build 2.9)
  • Windows Bridge for iOS (Build 0.1.160324)
  • Windows UWP samples (Build 3.0.0)
  • Windows Bridge for iOS samples

These VMs will expire in July 9, 2016, and so that’s something to keep in mind. Of course, new versions will be announced in May, most likely, developers who want to stay up-to-date on Microsoft’s latest likely won’t be concerned about expiration dates. You can let Microsoft know what you think about the virtual machines at the Windows Developer Feedback UserVoice site.