New installment of Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 ready to take off

By: George Finley
2 minute read

Users of Microsoft’s Visual Studio IDE should rejoice as the company released a new version of the service. Visual Studio 2017 is the latest iteration of the popular service and it includes new implementations that will boost the overall user experience considerably. People are also welcome to try out the Preview 4 version of Visual Studio for Mac. This Mac adaptation of the software is also a welcome addition for those that prefer Apple’s hardware.

Here is what you get by upgrading

There are a lot of new things that were added to Visual Studio through this 2017 edition. Here are the changes that users can expect once they get their hands on the software.

  • New support for popular software and services such as C++ on Linux and Cmake
  • Xamarin Forms Previewer and enhancements for Connected Services
  • Application development support for .NET Core 1.0 and 1.1
  • Azure App Service added to the support list
  • File editing without the need to open projects

While there are quite a few items on the list, Microsoft announced that more are coming. Some were wondering about the implementation of Visual Studio 2015’s data science workload as well as support for R as a programming language.  The Windows maker stated that these will be features that users can expect in the near future.

Mac devices have their own requirements

The Mac version brings improvements to the memory department and strengthens the stability of the Xamarin Studio 6.3 stability. The required version is OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Additionally, a macOS Sierra 10.12 version also works.

For those wondering if this new iteration of Visual Studio will be able to run parallel to other versions, the answer is yes: users can either install Visual Studio 2017 on top of the 2015 Preview edition or the 2017 Release Candidate version. However, they can also run it parallel to other existing, installed versions such as Visual Studio 2015 or 2013.

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