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Microsoft Turns Visual Studio Developers Into Social Gamers With An Xbox-like Plugin

By on January 22nd, 2012 
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Microsoft today announced the launch of a new beta Visual Studio Achievements plug-in for Visual Studio developers to help them discover new features of the application, while making the process “playful and pragmatic”. It is a free plug-in which works a lot like Xbox game play, allowing developers to unlock achievements and badges in the same way Xbox users unlock game achievements.

Visual Studio Gaming with XBox like achievements window

The developer, if and when he triggers some event in Visual Studio will receive a pop-up called “achievement unlocked”. Developers can compete with each other on a virtual leader board through this plug-in, and get bragging rights for as many achievements they unlock.

Notifications about your coding achievements

Notifications about your coding achievements

The plug-in has 32 achievements across six categories, and badges for the achievements can be shared on Facebook and Twitter or a personal blog with a javascript widget. Achievements are also named as “Lonely” or “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), lending a humorous streak to the entire concept. The plug-in can be accessed from channel9.msdn.com/achievements/visualstudio.

Share your coding achievements on Facebook

Share your coding achievements on Facebook

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Microsoft Turns Visual Studio Developers Into Social Gamers With An Xbox-like Plugin was originally published on Digitizor.com on January 22, 2012 - 10:33 am (Indian Standard Time)