Microsoft has acquired SyntaxTree, developers of the UnityVS plugin for Visual Studio. UnityVS enables Unity developers to use Visual Studio to author, browse and debug the code for their Unity applications. The Redmond giant says it will make the existing UnityVS plugin available for free on its download site. The SyntaxTree team will be joining the Visual Studio division. The Unity cross-platform game engine is used by over two million developers.

Microsoft and Canon have inked a broad patent cross-licensing agreement, whereby the companies get access to each other’s patent portfolios. The agreement covers a broad range of products and services, including digital imaging and mobile consumer products. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Since Microsoft launched its IP licensing program in December 2003, the company has entered into more than 1,100 licensing agreements.