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Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.6 Preview

A few days ago we released Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 and an update to Visual Studio for Mac, and today we are releasing the first preview of the next minor update: Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6. You can either download the Preview, or, if you already have it installed, click on the notification you’ll receive in the product informing you that the update is available. This latest preview contains new features, productivity improvements, and other enhancements that address our customers' feedback. Read the feature highlight summary in this blog post.

Join Us to Learn How to Build Android 8.0 Oreo and iOS 11 apps with Visual Studio

[Hello, we are looking to improve your experience on the Visual Studio Blog. It will be very helpful if you could share your feedback via this short survey that should take less than 2 minutes to fill out. Thanks!] Visual Studio and Xamarin enable .NET developers everywhere to use their favorite language and full-featured IDE to create ...

TFVC support and other enhancements hit Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio

A year ago, we released the first preview of the Continuous Delivery Tools for Visual Studio (CD4VS) with support for configuring a continuous integration and continuous delivery pipeline for ASP.NET and ASP.NET Core projects with and without container support. With CD4VS you can always configure Continuous Delivery for solutions under source ...

Announcing Language Server Protocol Preview Release

Visual Studio is joining Visual Studio Code in offering support for the Language Server Protocol. As an extension author, you can now write Visual Studio extensions that leverage existing language servers to provide a rich editing experience for languages that initially had no native language support in Visual Studio. With these extensions, ...

Large C# and VB solutions load significantly faster in 15.5 update

On average, 50 percent of all solutions opened by Visual Studio users open in ten seconds or less. However, large solutions can take longer to load because there are a lot of projects that Visual Studio needs to process. Over the last six months, we looked at ways to make solution load much faster, even for large solutions. We are happy to ...

Managing Secrets Securely in the Cloud

You’ve probably heard some version of the story about a developer who mistakenly checked in his AWS S3 key to Github. He pulled the key within 5 minutes but still racked up a multi-thousand dollar bill from bots that crawl open source sites looking for secrets. As developers we all understand and care about keeping dev and production secrets...

Test Experience Improvements

There have been several significant improvements to the test experience that range across Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team Services. These efforts involved frameworks and tooling for both .NET and C++, but all had a common goal: make testing with our developer tools a great experience. .NET Side-by-side Performance Comparison These ...

Spend more time working on the interesting stuff

There’s a reason that each day thousands of developers take advantage of the rich set of extensions offered by our growing family of VS and VSTS Partners and the broader VS community. Collectively these offerings can save you and your team time in many different ways, from helping find bugs faster, to making it easier to work with data, to ...

Visual Studio 2017 Version 15.5 Preview

Yesterday we released the second Preview of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 and we would love it if you would try it out and tell us what you think. We’ve polished up some features that were introduced with the first Preview, addressed some of the issues you’ve reported, and made improvements in the product's fundamentals such as performance, reliability, and productivity.

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