Join us November 8 for the Launch of Visual Studio 2022

Amanda Silver

On behalf of our entire team, I’m excited to announce the upcoming release of Visual Studio 2022 on November 8, and the immediate availability of the Visual Studio 2022 Release Candidate (RC) and Preview 5. We invite you to explore the latest capabilities of Visual Studio 2022 at our virtual launch event on November 8. Throughout the day, you can learn from some special guest speakers, talk back to the Visual Studio team, and even download exclusive digital swag.

Banner for Visual Studio 2022 launch event

Join us at our virtual event

Our free, online launch event kicks off at 8:30 AM Pacific Time on November 8 with a keynote from Scott Hanselman, the Visual Studio product team, and myself (add to calendar). We’ve scheduled breakout sessions by technology area, so that you can learn about the most significant changes in your space. There are also a lot of Tips & Tricks talks focusing on all the new capabilities and how to get the most out of Visual Studio 2022. There’s also a live Q&A throughout, so you’ll be able to ask the team directly if you have questions. And that’s not all—our launch party will also have downloadable Visual Studio 2022 digital swag for you.

Download Visual Studio 2022 RC and Preview 5

By installing the RC release version of Visual Studio 2022, you can now prepare for the General Availability (GA) of Visual Studio 2022. The GA version of Visual Studio 2022 is fully supported by Microsoft. Both RC and GA versions come with a go-live license, for production use.

You should use the RC release if you wish to use Visual Studio to build production-ready apps and projects and receive less frequent feature updates. At launch, the RC version will update to GA version.

You should use the Preview 5 release if you wish to try out the latest features of Visual Studio 2022. At launch, the Preview 5 version will update to Visual Studio 2022 17.1 Preview 1 and will contain the latest features the team is working on.

If you have a license to the Enterprise or Professional edition and have been using that edition, you can simply update to Preview 5 or RC and sign in with your subscription user account. If you’re eligible to use Community edition (terms), then you can also update to Preview 5 or RC. If you don’t have a license or are not able to use Community edition, then there are trials available for you try out Visual Studio 2022.

Take part!

You can install both the RC and Preview 5 release side by side with Visual Studio 2019. We’re in the home stretch now, and we need your help making Visual Studio 2022 the best developer experience for you. We encourage you to download Visual Studio 2022 and use it just like you would use Visual Studio 2019. We appreciate your time providing feedback via Developer Communityreporting a problem, and taking part in surveys.