Visual Studio 2019 brings new test options and improved UI

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Microsoft's Visual Studio 2019 version 16.2 brings productivity changes

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2019 version 16.2 to all Windows users. Preview 1 of version 16.3 also got released.

If you have Preview installed, you can check for the latest update inside Visual Studio (click the notification bell).

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What’s new in Visual Studio version 16.2?

Microsoft’s Visual Studio version 16.2 comes with a series of improvements.

Test Explorer

Test Explorer will better handle large test sets, will have easy to see commands and tabbed playlist views, easier filtering, and customisable columns to organise test info.

.NET Developer Productivity

Fortunately for developers, the Sort Usings refactoring option returns in version 16.2. This is an improvement in the productivity department, for sure.

Also, 16.2 brings debugging JavaScript in the new Microsoft Edge Insider browser and a better experience of creating Azure SignalR services.

C++

Clang/LLVM support for MSBuild projects, incremental build for Windows Subsystem for Linux, and a new C++ quick action to install missing packages in CMake projects using vcpkg.

This is an improvement to all codebases, as build times will significantly improve.

Usability

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On a UI level, Live Share, Feedback and Badge icons will move to the top when hiding all toolbars. If you’ve opted to hide your toolbar, now you get more vertical space.

Visual Studio 16.3 Preview 1 brings .NET Core 3.0 Preview

Some important changes are coming with 16.3 Preview 1, as in this version support for .NET Core 3.0 Preview has been added, and  a new search box in the start window to quickly locate projects.

You can try the new Visual Studio 2019 version 16.2 by downloading it from the official website or by updating from the notification bell inside Visual Studio.

Alternatively, if you want to check out the 16.3 Preview 1 release, you can download it from the official website or updating from within the IDE from a previous Preview Channel release.