Visual Studio now has a new Developer News section

by Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
Alexandru Poloboc
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With an overpowering desire to always get to the bottom of things and uncover the truth, Alex spent most of his time working as a news reporter, anchor,... read more
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  • It seems that Microsoft is taking customer feedback a bit more seriously lately.
  • Based on that, it has added a brand new feature to the Visual Studio application.
  • It is called Developer News and it keeps you updated on the latest in the field.
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We know how bad it is to feel unheard and to have the feeling that your voice doesn’t matter at all, but Microsoft is trying to make its customers feel less like that lately.

After following user input on some more than welcomed Windows 11 tweaks, the company is adding a new feature to Visual Studio based on just that.

If you are curious about what that is, you will find the exact answer to this question and more in the article below.

Get ready for the Developer News section in Visual Studio

After presenting you with the new version of Visual Studio, it was only right that we’d keep you posted on something this important.

So, Microsoft has launched a new Developer News extensions for Visual Studio, and developers can keep up with all the latest software releases and developer events.

Please note that the new feature had used to be on the Start Page in Visual Studio 2017, but the newer versions scrapped the feature.

If you want to access the news feed after installing the extension, you should see it docked near the Solution Explorer, so if you tap the tab, you’ll get the news feed.

And, if you have no use for the news feed, you can go to View and toggle Developer News on or off. You can also use the handy keyboard shortcut, which is Ctrl + Alt + N.

CIrcling back to how this feature came into existence, know that one of the complaints in the past was that relevant news wasn’t being shown, so this updated version fixes that.

All you have to do is simply tap the cog in the upper right and choose the topics you’re interested in, now that’s all you’ll get in the feed.

Note that you can now get news on topics including Visual Studio, .NET, Azure, C++, DirectX, IoT, PowerShell, Python, SQL Server, Visual Studio Code, and more.

According to users, one of the other issues with the news feed in older versions of Visual Studio was that it was only available on the Start Page.

Others entirely skip the Start Page so never got to read the news, but with the new implementation, however, this is no longer the case.

Some of the early reviews that Microsoft got seemed to suggest that people are happy with the new extension, with one user calling it simple, elegant, and unobtrusive.

If you want, you can download and install the extension from the Visual Studio Marketplace with only a few clicks.

Keep in mind that, in the future, this extension could include local invents and Developer Community integration.

Excited about the latest feature added to Visual Studio? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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