Accessing Visual Studio Previews in Azure

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In our most recent post, the Visual Studio team announced the availability of Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.6 Preview 4.  Today, I’m excited to announce you can now access the latest Visual Studio previews in the Azure Marketplace.  Just boot a virtual machine and off you go with the very latest features (standard VM charges will still apply).

With this new offering, we’re putting the power of virtual machines to work for developers, making Visual Studio previews even easier to try. By accessing Visual Studio previews in Azure, you can get a new machine up and running in less than 10 minutes, and rest assured the preview won’t impact any other current implementations. The latest features, workloads and each workload’s recommended components are already set up in Azure – just waiting for you to boot a VM and get coding!

In Azure, you find two virtual machine images with the latest Preview installed.  The Marketplace workflow makes it quite easy to provision a VM from these or any other image.

Our current preview of Visual Studio 2017 is Version 15.6 Preview 4; images will be updated in the marketplace as we release new Previews. (Note: although the name/label of the image won’t change, our team will update the image’s description so you can see exactly which Preview version you’re getting.)

In the Azure Marketplace, you’ll also find the current production releases of Visual Studio 2017 and 2015, which include the same recommended product install.  Virtual machines based on these images are amazingly fast to stand up, and enable access to your production dev box from any location with an internet connection for simplicity and ease.

Don’t have an Azure account?  No problem.  You can create a free Azure trial account, and use the free credits to provision a new Preview VM and explore interesting services.  Visual Studio subscribers may have even more free credits available depending on your subscription.

We hope you’ll try out the new features in the latest preview today!  You can report issues to us via the Report a Problem tool in Visual Studio or you can share a suggestion on UserVoice. You’ll be able to track your issues in the Visual Studio Developer Community where you can ask questions and find answers.

Phil Lee, Senior Program Manager, Visual Studio

Phil is on the Visual Studio release engineering team and is responsible for making Visual Studio releases available on Azure.


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