Micro Focus Accelerates Development of Next-Generation Business Applications with Visual COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

New Integrated Environment Optimizes COBOL and .NET Application Development

20 August 2015

Micro Focus (LSE: MCRO.L), the leading provider of enterprise application modernization solutions, today announced its Micro Focus Visual COBOL solution now supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2015. Organizations around the globe remain committed to COBOL applications as they continue to drive competitive advantage in light of continuously changing business requirements and market conditions, and Visual COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 enables organizations to more quickly realize those business benefits.

Micro Focus Visual COBOL enables software developers to maintain and modernize COBOL systems alongside Microsoft .NET languages, including C# and VB.NET, while taking advantage of Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 to connect COBOL applications to new technologies, including Windows 10, .NET and Microsoft Azure. Through a consistent development experience, Micro Focus Visual COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio enables the COBOL developer to accelerate delivery of new business services, while re-using valuable application logic.

“We’re delighted to have partners like Micro Focus working closely with us to build and enhance the overall development experience of Visual Studio 2015,” said Mitra Azizirad, developer platform marketing, Microsoft Corp. “COBOL-based systems are prevalent in many enterprises and Micro Focus Visual COBOL helps enterprises develop, maintain and modernize these critical applications.”

The relationship between Micro Focus and Microsoft demonstrates a mutual and long-standing commitment, as well as shared spirit of technology innovation for application development and modernization solutions. Micro Focus Visual COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 reflects this commitment, delivering a significant advantage for today’s enterprise application developer as they look to improve their development experience, increase personal productivity, accelerate time to market and future-proof existing COBOL applications.

Benefits of Micro Focus Visual COBOL include:

  • Industry leading COBOL integration with latest release of Microsoft Visual Studio
  • Increased developer productivity with smart editing and debugging aids for COBOL developers including code analysis, navigation tools, IntelliSense, Auto-complete, and more
  • Support for .NET COBOL applications enabling easy integration with C# and VB for modern composite app development

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 delivers:

  • Improved developer productivity through faster IDE performance
  • Streamlined responsiveness and improved toolset capability
  • Accelerated application development cycles
  • Improved development team collaboration, while delivering the latest integration with modern platforms such as Windows 10 and .NET 4.6

"Application developers want to leverage the tools they know and trust to quickly deliver added value to the business, not reinvent core business applications that continue to provide foundational, irreplaceable business services," said Ed Airey, Director, Product Marketing at Micro Focus. "Visual COBOL for Visual Studio 2015 is the next-generation of COBOL development solutions, designed for today’s application developer to do just that, in a productive and cost-effective way."

Certain versions of content ("Material") accessible here may contain branding from Hewlett-Packard Company (now HP Inc.) and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Company. As of September 1, 2017, the Material is now offered by Micro Focus, a separately owned and operated company. Any reference to the HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise/HPE marks is historical in nature, and the HP and Hewlett Packard Enterprise/HPE marks are the property of their respective owners.