Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1 now available!

We’re excited to announce that the first preview release of Visual Studio 2022 is ready to install! This is the first release of a 64-bit Visual Studio and we’d love for you to download it, try it out, and join us in shaping the next major release of Visual Studio with your feedback.

Our key goal with this preview is to test and tune the scalability of the new 64-bit platform! With the new 64-bit platform Visual Studio is now capable of scaling to make use of all the system resources you have to improve the reliability of Visual Studio especially when working with complex solutions or using Visual Studio over long periods of time. The 64-bit conversion effort affects every part of Visual Studio, so the scope is much bigger than our usual previews.

We know that you expect quality, stability, and scalability from Visual Studio. And to be totally transparent, the quickest way for us to get there is when real developers like you tell us where we can improve. We really do pay attention to every bug report, suggestion, and upvote! Which you can submit from inside Visual Studio via report a problem.

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The Visual Studio 2022 previews can be installed side-by-side with earlier versions of Visual Studio, are available in all three editions (Community, Pro, and Enterprise), and are free to use.

We need your feedback

We encourage you to try out the preview and use it just like Visual Studio 2019. We appreciate your time in providing feedback and completing in-product surveys, which are invaluable in making Visual Studio 2022 the best developer environment for you.

We would particularly love to hear about your experiences working with very large and complex solutions in Visual Studio 2022. Before the 64-bit upgrade, customers with this kind of solution would sometimes experience issues with Visual Studio as it ran out of memory to use in the main 32-bit process. During early testing of Visual Studio 2022, the same customers were able to run the IDE for days, even with solutions containing 700 (or more!) projects.

What’s coming

Because most of the Preview 1 upgrades have to do with 64-bit support, we’ll be releasing an exciting slate of new features and performance improvements starting in Preview 2. You can read all about those upcoming features on the Visual Studio roadmap. One new feature you can try right away is the update to IntelliCode – you can automatically complete code, up to a whole line at a time.

There’s still some work left in moving Visual Studio to 64-bit, and a small number of the features in Visual Studio 2019 are not included in Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1. You can find a list of those upcoming features in the release notes.

During the Visual Studio 2022 preview, our partners who build the extensions that you use and love will be working to update their extensions. While they do that, their extensions won’t be available in Visual Studio 2022 right away.

The first preview of Visual Studio 2022 for Mac will be coming soon, giving you a first look at the new modern macOS UI for Visual Studio. We still have some work to do before we feel it’s ready for developer feedback and we’ll keep you updated on its progress here on the Visual Studio blog.

Calling all extension authors

If you make extensions, we want to help you get your extensions into Visual Studio 2022. To get you started, check out our guide to migrating your extensions to Preview 1.

Also! This Friday, June 18, you can watch Mads Kristensen, a senior PM on the Visual Studio team, demonstrate how to update extensions for Visual Studio 2022. The livestream starts here at 3 p.m. Pacific time: https://youtu.be/-PKIPTW6km0

We’ll continue to share details with our extension authors and maintainers as we get closer to the official product release for Visual Studio 2022. If you have any thoughts about how we can make this process better, you can share your thoughts on this short survey.

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Take part in shaping Visual Studio 2022 by installing it, using it, taking part in surveys, and sharing your thoughts on Developer Community.

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  • Paulo Pinto

    > One new feature you can try right away is the update to IntelliCode – you can automatically complete code, up to a whole line at a time.

    As if, IDL keeps being ignored, despite WinDev forcing us to deal with to for the past 25 years.

    This situation got even worse after you decided to replace C++/CX with C++/WinRT without giving us comparable tooling.

    Looking forward to Visual Studio 2022 finally offering a development experience that can match what C++ Builder has been offering to C++ developers on Windows since 1997.

  • PandaSharp

    Maybe it’s only me, but there is one small thing that annoys me: why do we have still “SQL Server Express 2016 LocalDB”? Can we have a 2022 version or get rid of the “2016”? Thanks! 😀

    • Daniel Smith

      I noticed this during setup too. 2019 Express Local DB is the latest available and it’s highly backwards compatible so can’t see why they’d still be bundling 2016.

      • Michael Taylor

        My understanding is that the first preview is literally just getting VS 2019 compiled as 64-bit with whatever changes were needed to get the core tools up and running reliably. Beyond .NET 6 being enabled but not .NET 5 I don’t see any major differences between this preview and the VS 2019 final preview version. I would expect the dependencies to be updated in later sprints.

        • PandaSharp

          I hope so, I pointed it out because this was already bothering me in VS 2019 XD

  • Sod anakin

    Would love to use it but….

    It doesn’t work. I opened a Net 5 project and it keeps complaining about

    The runtime pack for Microsoft.NETCore.App.Runtime.win-x64 was not downloaded. Try running a NuGet restore with the RuntimeIdentifier 'win-x64'.

    Nuget restore does nothing.

  • Prayaas Aggarwal

    Shouldn’t the article say the first x64 or AMD64 version of Visual Studio? 😊 While it is the first 64-bit version, it doesn’t run natively on all native 64-bit platforms that Windows supports, namely ARM64. Great job with this release. I’m excited for VS.

  • Ramtin Jokar

    Installed it just now.

    I hoped that you changed the new project Template to something new or something like VS17 or older versions, because in VS 19 was very messy and in VS22 still is!

    Change this template please.

  • Jacques Erdey

    Thanks Justin. A blog post about the tech stack used to develop VS 22 would be interesting as well.

  • Michael Bond

    First impressions are good. I fired up our product and it seems to load much faster. I’ll give it a solid workout later. One personally major regression though is the mandatory presence of the new GIT interface with no apparent way to revert it to the older Team Explorer interface. Having the “Team Explorer” tab but with links to the poorer GIT Changes interface is not a good look in my opinion. By all means make it a default so those who are unaware can suffer the new interface but let me revert it back when I want to.

  • Andrew Truckle

    Can I install VS 2022 Preview and continue to use VS 2019 on the same PC?

    • Andrew Truckle

      Yes!

      “You can install and use Visual Studio 2022 alongside previous versions of Visual Studio, including Visual Studio 2019, Visual Studio 2017, Visual Studio 2015, Visual Studio 2013, and Visual Studio 2012.”

      • Michael Bond

        I’ve been running it now for a few hours and there are so far no apparent issues running it side by side. I’ve had an existing solution open in 2019 and 2022 at the same time without a hiccup.

      • Pieter Siegers

        Is that your answer or Microsoft’s claim?
        What about all the other software we have installed to do our daily dev work?
        Have all possible combinations been tested?