Short Bytes: Tech giant Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 2017. This release focuses on increasing the productivity and making it easier to create applications for mobile and cloud. A lightweight and modular installation is also a highlight feature. The interested users can download Visual Studio 2017 by visiting visualstudio.com.
Microsoft has announced the general availability of Visual Studio 2017. This release also marks the 20 years of the first Visual Studio release that encompassed C++ desktop environments, Visual Basic, and Java dialectJ++. Visual Studio 2017 is the 11th version of this popular IDE.
The developers can use Visual Studio 2017 to create applications for Android, iOS, Windows, web, and cloud. “Code fast, debug and diagnose with ease, test often, and release with confidence,” Microsoft adds.
Visual Studio 2017 — Productivity and performance, mobile, cloud, and devops
In this release, Microsoft has focused on four areas — productivity and performance, mobile, cloud, and devops. In its release notes, Microsoft said that 2017 release brings a lightweight and modular installation experience. It allows the developers to only get the components they need.
Microsoft also claims that Visual Studio 2017 starts up to 3 times faster as compared to Visual Studio 2015. This release is designed to support teams in a better manner, it comes with tools to provide for developing NET Core 1.0 and 1.1 apps, microservices, and Docker containers.
Xamarin integration in Visual Studio 2017 has been made better with a Xamarin Forms previewer and improved IntelliSense for Xamarin Forms XAML.
An improved Git integration will be liked by devops. Visual Studio now makes use of the Git executables. Overall, more Git functionality is available directly within the DE.
For more details about the release, feel free to read the release notes.
Talking about the supported platforms, Visual Studio 2017 will run on Windows 7 Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1, Windows 10 (version 1507 or newer), Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Standard and Datacenter, and Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter.
The price tag of Visual Studio 2017 remains the same and you can download it from here. A free Community Edition is also available for small-scale development.
Along with the Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 release, Visual Studio for Mac’s Preview 4 and Team Foundation Server 2017 Update is also available.