View your Application Insights data in Visual Studio

If you haven’t tried Microsoft Azure Application Insights before, it is a powerful tool for gaining insights in to how your web apps or mobile apps are being used, how they are performing, and what issues they may have.  You can even setup alerts in Application Insights to keep you informed when things happen that you care about.

Until now, you would primarily view the Application Insights data for your application using the Azure Portal (http://portal.azure.com)

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Now with the Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 release though, you can now view Application Insights Data from right within Visual Studio 2015. To do so, from the Visual Studio 2015 menu bar, select “View” | “Other Windows” | “Application Insights Search

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Then, when prompted select the Application Insights Resource you want to use:

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Finally, you can use the search an filter criteria to zero in on exactly the Application Insights data you want to see

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This new features makes it even easier to gain meaningful insight into your applications.  Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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