Join the Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Private Preview

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Today we’re inviting you to try out Visual Studio 2022 for Mac as we share our first private preview release. This is the first release of our .NET IDE with a refreshed, fully native macOS UI. We’d love for you to download it, try it out, and share your feedback to help us shape the next major release of Visual Studio for Mac.

The Visual Studio 2022 for Mac preview can be installed side-by-side with earlier versions of Visual Studio for Mac and is free to use.

Our goal with Visual Studio 2022 for Mac is to make a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience you’ve come to love in Visual Studio. This release focuses on:

  • Improving IDE performance and reducing crashes with a new fast and fluid native macOS UI.
  • Taking advantage of more of macOS’s built-in accessibility features.
  • Updating the experience to feel more familiar between Mac and Windows.

With this private preview, we’d like to share our new native macOS UI and hear from you about what we got right and where we need to keep iterating. Visual Studio 2022’s fully native UI is the result of an engineering effort that included substantial changes to the UI layer with a focus on some key technical internals. With these major investments, we are setting the stage to deliver improved stability and performance in the final release. This update affects every part of Visual Studio for Mac, so the scope is much bigger than our usual previews.

A fast and fluid experience, for everyone

We’re moving Visual Studio for Mac to native macOS UI, which will fix over 100 previously reported issues related to performance, reliability, and product quality. An added benefit of using native macOS UI is that the IDE works more smoothly with macOS’s built in assistive technologies. Some of the biggest improvements for accessibility include support for new High Contrast themes and a more intuitive experience with VoiceOver. In this initial preview release, we’re giving you a glimpse at the IDE and have focused on the main features .NET developers use to build applications for the web. The video below gives you a quick feel for some of the improvements made to improve the speed and fluidity of the UI.

A modern .NET IDE hand-tailored for the Mac

We’ve introduced a new look and feel in Visual Studio for Mac that combines the modern macOS UI with the productive experience you’ve come to know and love in Visual Studio. Some of the most visible changes include a footer status bar, new tab model for documents/tool window, and refreshed light & dark themes.

Screen shot of Visual Studio 2022 for Mac when debugging an ASP.NET Core project.

A more familiar experience for Visual Studio users

The updates to Visual Studio for Mac’s UI aren’t just visual. As part of our goal to make the developer experience more consistent between Visual Studio and Visual Studio for Mac, we’ve made changes to menus and terminology across the IDE. These adjustments were made with consideration for both the Visual Studio and macOS experience with the intent that developers will have an easier time following tutorials written for Windows and using existing muscle memory to find options. We’re also bringing the new Git experience from Visual Studio to the Mac, starting with the Git Changes tool window.

Visual Studio for Mac showing a Git Changes window, with one file in a Staging area and one in a Commit Changes list.

Looking ahead to the first public preview

Our team has high standards for the quality of this release and is working on a list of known issues we want to fix before sharing out a larger public preview. These future previews will also include changes such as a new preferences UI, tool window drag and drop, and a Git branch selector in the status bar. Check out our recently updated roadmap to learn more.

Keep sending us your feedback!

We’ve been working hard to address issues developers encounter when using Visual Studio for Mac on a daily basis, with a particular focus on reducing crashes and hangs. Your bug reports are very important to us as we continue to improve the product – please keep those suggestions and problem reports coming! You can use the Help > Report a Problem or Help > Provide a Suggestion menus to share feedback, or go to the Visual Studio for Mac Developer Community site to vote for those that impact you the most.

Help shape Visual Studio 2022

Take the first steps to becoming part of the future of Visual Studio 2022 for Mac by signing up below. Once you’ve signed up, installed, and had a chance to try out the private preview, we’d love your thoughts on what we did well and how we can continue to improve.

 

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  • Piotr Karczmarz

    Really exciting that VS for Mac will have fully native UI. Will it be possible to interact with UI via external API exposed for plugins integration? Like opening files in new tabs, pinning them and reordering.


    Piotr Karczmarz, CTO at ContextKeeper.io, building VS plugin allowing to instant jump to deep work via “Mental Snapshots”.

  • Shibo Wei

    I’ve signed up for it, and how to download the VS 2021 preview for Mac?

    • Jordan MatthiesenMicrosoft employee

      Not yet, though it’s on our roadmap and we’re working on it. You are able to run the build on M1 processors, which will use the Rosetta translation technology.

      • Mario Blatarić

        Are Apple Silicon plans part of preview program and 2021 release or will it be postponed for later updates after initial release?
        I am asking because I have setup entire development on ARM (brew, nodejs, .net 6, tools, everything is on ARM version), so to test x64 version of Visual Studio, I also need to install all tools in x64 because VS2022 for Mac does not see nodejs, I have issues with ARM version of .NET (obviously) and so on … and I would rather not mix things up like this (VS2022 for Mac installation actually broke .NET 6 ARM by installing .NET 3.1 x64).

  • Lauri Taimila

    Excited about this. I’ve been using this IDE since it was ported to Mac as MonoDevelop. Always been a Mac user, but enjoy .NET at the same time. Great to see that we are finally getting native IDE for macOS.

  • Juan Lobos H.

    Hello, I want to congratulate you for the development of Visual Studio, because it is a good program for the development of Net applications. As a Net programmer and working with a MacPro I want to bring you some ideas for Visual Studio 2022 for Mac.

    Please correct the issue of publishing in Azure on Mac, comparing it with Visual Studio on Windows it sucks, it does not give alternatives to publish as the Windows version, for example choose platform (Windows or Linux), it has happened to me that I created a website in Azure and then the Mac version does not recognize the new site, it does not find it, instead in the windows version if there are no problems.

    To publish on Mac with Visual Studio is quite limited compared to the Windows version both in Azure and local. That is the most important thing for me, because sometimes I have to get a Windows machine to publish to Azure because the Mac version does not allow it.

    Thanks in advance.

    • saint4eva

      Hosting on Azure could be to Windows or Linux. However, you can develop with a Mac – using VS for Mac or VS Code – but publishing to Azure could be to Windows or Linux in Azure

  • Dhruv Kanojia

    Finally an update for Mac. Hopefully it’ll be a little more fluid with 2022 preview. Thanks for the hard work as always.

  • Michael John Pena

    I just signed up and looking forward to this! Do you have a roadmap in supporting .NET 6 and MAUI (in particular hot reload)?

  • Eyal Alon

    Might be a silly question but how do you sign up? I’ve completed the survey but the link always leads to SurveyMonkey.

    It’s really not clear.