If you’re a developer eagerly awaiting the launch of Microsoft’s next iteration of Visual Studio then your wait is over. Microsoft launched their latest version of the integrated development environment (IDE) Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 today. Additionally, Microsoft also released Visual Studio for Mac Preview 4 and Team Foundation Server 2017 Update 1. They also launched additions to the Visual Studio Enterprise subscription, and Visual Studio Mobile Center Preview updates.
According to Microsoft, Visual Studio 2017 is the most productive version yet. Furthermore, the new IDE is supposed to help any developer, build any application, on any platform.
What’s new with Microsoft Visual Studio 2017?
First off, it’s a lot faster. Startups and project load times are now approximately 3x faster than Visual Studio 2015. Solution load times and build performance is to are faster than before, especially for C++ projects.
Navigation too is now improved with colored search results and custom grouping, sorting, filtering, and searching. You can also open and work on any file without actually opening a project. If you’re developing for Linux, then Visual C++ for which is a popular extension is also built-in. Testing is done in real time with confirmation that your unit tests will pass or fail because of the edits you just made to your code, without leaving the code editor.
In addition, Microsoft also shared some milestones for its developer tools today. Depsite Microsoft not giving an actual figure, between a period of February 2016 to February 2017, the number of monthly active users of Visual Studio grew by 25%. Within the last 6 months, the number of monthly active users of Microsoft’s IDEs for Mac has doubled. We do know however that Visual Studio Code has a total of 1.3 million monthly active users whilst Visual Studio Team Services at present has 5 million registered users. Visual Studio Dev Essentials has 1.4 million members. Following Microsoft’s acquisition of Xamarin in 2016, the platform has recorded downloads of around 1 million downloads.
You can head over to Microsoft’s Download page to download Visual Studio 2017 for yourself and see the changes first hand.
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