Visual Studio 2022

Amanda

Update: Visual Studio 2022 is now available. Download it, try it out, and join us in shaping the next major release of Visual Studio.

 

All of our product development begins and ends with you—whether you posted on Developer Community, filled out a survey, sent us feedback, or took part in a customer study, thank you for helping to continue to steer the product roadmap for Visual Studio. I have exciting news—the first public preview of Visual Studio 2022 will be released this summer.

The next major release of Visual Studio will be faster, more approachable, and more lightweight, designed for both learners and those building industrial scale solutions. For the first time ever, Visual Studio will be 64-bit. The user experience will feel cleaner, intelligent, and action oriented.

Development teams have become more geographically dispersed than ever. It’s become apparent over the last year that organizations need their development teams to collaborate securely, deliver solutions more quickly, and continuously improve their end-user satisfaction and value. We’re making it easier to collaborate with better GitHub integration making it seamless to go from idea to code to the cloud.

Visual Studio 2022 is 64-bit

Visual Studio 2022 will be a 64-bit application, no longer limited to ~4gb of memory in the main devenv.exe process. With a 64-bit Visual Studio on Windows, you can open, edit, run, and debug even the biggest and most complex solutions without running out of memory.

While Visual Studio is going 64-bit, this doesn’t change the types or bitness of the applications you build with Visual Studio. Visual Studio will continue to be a great tool for building 32-bit apps.

I find it really satisfying to watch this video of Visual Studio scaling up to use the additional memory that’s available to a 64-bit process as it opens a solution with 1,600 projects and ~300k files. Here’s to no more out-of-memory exceptions. 🎉

64-bit VS opening 1600 projects

We’re also working on making every part of your workflow faster and more efficient, from loading solutions to F5 debugging.

Designing for everyone

We’re refreshing the user interface to better keep you in your flow. Some of the changes are subtle cosmetic touches that modernize the UI or reduce crowding. Overall, we aim to reduce complexity and decrease the cognitive load so that you can focus and stay in the zone. Also, making Visual Studio more accessible delivers better usability for everyone – the next version of Visual Studio will include:

  • Updated icons for better clarity, legibility, and contrast.
  • Cascadia Code, a new fixed-width font for better readability and ligature support. (If you like, you can try Cascadia Code today! https://aka.ms/CascadiaCode)
  • Refreshed and improved product themes.
  • Integration with Accessibility Insights to detect accessibility issues early on—before they get to your end-users.

Visual Studio 2022 icon refresh

Personalization

Developer to developer, we understand that personalizing your IDE is as important as picking your desk chair. We have to make it “just right” before we can be at our most productive. It will be easier than ever to make Visual Studio 2022 “just right” for you, from the ability to customize aspects of the IDE to syncing settings across devices for those who maintain multiple dev boxes.

Developing modern apps

Azure

Visual Studio 2022 will make it quick and easy to build modern, cloud-based applications with Azure. We’ll get you started with a good supply of repositories that describe common patterns used in today’s apps. These repositories are made up of opinionated code showing these patterns in action, infrastructure-as-code assets to provision the Azure resources, and pre-built GitHub workflows and actions setting you up with a complete CI/CD solution when you first create a project. Plus, the required development environment will be defined in the repository so that you can start coding and debugging right away.

.NET

Visual Studio 2022 will have full support for .NET 6 and its unified framework for web, client, and mobile apps for both Windows and Mac developers. That includes the .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI) for cross-platform client apps on Windows, Android, macOS, and iOS. You can also use ASP.NET Blazor web technologies to write desktop apps via .NET MAUI.

.NET MAUI app types

And for most app types like web, desktop, and mobile, you’ll be able to use .NET Hot Reload to apply code changes without needing to restart or lose the app state.

.NET Hot Reload in action

C++

Visual Studio 2022 will include robust support for the C++ workload with new productivity features, C++20 tooling, and IntelliSense. New C++20 language features will simplify managing large codebases and improved diagnostics will make the tough problems easier to debug with templates and concepts.

We’re also integrating support for CMake, Linux, and WSL to make it easier for you to create, edit, build, and debug cross-platform apps. If you want to upgrade to Visual Studio 2022 but are worried about compatibility, binary compatibility with the C++ runtime will make it painless.

Innovation at your fingertips

Diagnostics and debugging

The ability to confidently debug your applications is at the center of your daily workflow. Visual Studio 2022 will include performance improvements in the core debugger, with additional features like flame charts in the profiler for better spotting the hot paths, dependent breakpoints for more precise debugging, and integrated decompilation experiences which will allow you to step through code you don’t have locally.

Real-time collaboration

Live Share opens new opportunities for collaborating with others, exchanging ideas, pair programming, and reviewing code. In Visual Studio 2022, Live Share will introduce integrated text chat so that you can have quick conversations about your code without any context switches. You’ll have options to schedule recurring sessions that reuse the same link, simplifying collaboration with your frequent contacts. To better support Live Share within organizations, we’ll also introduce session polices, that define any compliance requirements for collaboration (e.g. should read/write terminals be shareable?).

Insights and productivity

The AI IntelliCode engine in Visual Studio continues to get better at seamlessly anticipating your next move. Visual Studio 2022 will provide more and deeper integrations into your daily workflows, helping you to take the right action in the right place at the right time.

Whole word completion

Asynchronous collaboration

Visual Studio 2022 will include powerful new support for Git and GitHub. Committing code, sending pull requests, and merging branches is when “my code becomes our code.” You’ll notice a lot of built-in logic and checkpoints to guide you efficiently through the merge and review process, anticipating feedback from your colleagues that could slow things down. Our guiding principle here was helping you to have higher confidence in the code you deliver.

Code search is an integral part of the software development lifecycle. Developers use code search for lots of reasons: learning from others, sharing code, assessing the impact of changes while refactoring, investigating issues, or reviewing changes. We’re committed to delivering better performance for all these critical activities in Visual Studio 2022 to make you even more productive. You will also be able to search outside your loaded scope, to find what you’re looking for no matter what code base or repo it’s located in.

Refreshing Visual Studio for Mac

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. We’re working to move Visual Studio for Mac to native macOS UI, which means it will come with better performance and reliability. It also means that Visual Studio for Mac can take full advantage of all the built-in macOS accessibility features. We’re updating the menus and terminology across the IDE to make Visual Studio more consistent between Mac and Windows. The new Git experience from Visual Studio will also be coming to Visual Studio for Mac, beginning with the introduction of the Git Changes tool window.

Let us know what you think!

We’ve only shown you a few highlights of our work in progress, but we welcome your initial thoughts on the direction we’re taking for Visual Studio 2022. As always, you can head on over to the new Developer Community to browse through existing feature requests to upvote and comment or create your own.

Stay tuned for announcements about the 64-bit Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1 availability, which will include our UI refinements and accessibility improvements. (And remember! Like any work in progress, these features are still in development, so some of them will be coming to Visual Studio 2022 after the first public release.)

Thank you!

 

Editor’s Note: The post was originally published on 4/4/21 and was updated on 7/16/21 to add a note that Visual Studio 2022 Preview has been released.

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  • Steven Bone

    If this were posted 19 days ago, I would have thought this to be a 100% joke, though a sad one, because I’ve heard nothing but ‘we can’t do 64 bit’ for years. I’m very surprised!

  • MgSam

    I am shocked and thrilled to hear you guys are finally making a 64-bit VS! After a decade, literally thousands of developer requests (which have been closed over and over again) and all the bogus technical explanations for why 64-bit was impossible and undesirable, I had just about given up hope of this ever happening.

  • Tanvir Ahmad Arjel

    64 bit Visual Studio! 😲 Dream finally coming true. However, I have a curious question, which IDE is used by the developers those who are writing code to develop Visual Studio?

  • Robert van der Hulst

    Amanda,
    This is great news.
    Please make sure that 3rd parties get the chance to get their VS extensions ready for this new release by starting a 3rd party test program.
    It would be a shame if the release of VS 2022 would get negative feedback because of missing or failing extensions.
    And yes, my company also creates an extension to VS.

    Robert

    • Leslie RichardsonMicrosoft employee

      Hi Robert, we’re currently establishing general guidance for migrating your extensions to 64-bit successfully in time for the new release and we’ll publish that guidance around the Preview 1 timeframe. To make sure you’re notified about that guidance, would you be willing to share your contact info with me via LinkedIn?

    • Rene Pajaron

      Hi Robert,

      Nice to see you here. Looking forward for X# on VS 2022.

      Rene

  • Vítězslav Imrýšek

    Is Visual Studio 2022 still built on NET Framework or have you made a switch to NET 5/6? Would be nice to know if 2022 is future proofed for ARM64.

      • saint4eva

        Hi Tim, what about Visual Studio for Mac 2022, would it run on .NET 6?

        • Yann Duran

          if VS for Mac is updated to being built on dotnet 5/6 and VS for Windows isn’t, there’s going to be a full-scale revolt!

          in Microsoft’s rush to cater to the whims of every other platform/language, those of us who’ve been loyal to windows technology for years have been left in their wake.

          it’s sad and it’s infuriating!

      • Asbjørn Riis-Knudsen

        Hopefully you are planning to migrate to .NET 6 (or whatever version we end up on) in the future. It seems kind of silly that VS is still stuck on the ancient .NET Framework instead of benefitting from all the performance improvements in .NET 5 onwards.

        Given that 64-bit VS finally happened, I’m hopeful 🙂

      • Yann Duran

        that sounds like a very bad decision to me! and your answer didn’t even come close to a reasonable one, sorry.

        what are the factors holding back VS being built with something more up to date? extenders are always stuck with technologies a year to two years behind everyone else!

      • Charles Roddie

        > Visual Studio 2022 will continue to run on the .NET Framework.

        That is a shame. This makes VS a lot less flexible and will make the transition to ARM64 harder. Is work ongoing to migrate to the latest dotnet?

    • Tsahi

      Considering VS is based on WPF, which is a .NET Framework technology, it must run on .NET Framework. If they switch to MAUI in the future, they would also be able to switch to .NET (probably 7 or 8 by then).

  • Stevie White (Dragnilar)

    Holy cow, I’m shocked that 64 bit VS is finally happening!! 😳

    This is some of the best news I’ve heard in a long time. Thank you for finally doing this Microsoft! I know you may not be able to, but I’d love to see a write up on what had to be done to refractor the IDE and it’s dependencies to get it to compile in 64 bit.

    I’m still not sold on MAUI due to the Xamarin issues that I’ve yet to hear of ever being resolved (I. E. Performance, hot reload, etc). I’ll be glad to be proved wrong about my skepticism but so far I haven’t seen much of anything to make me think otherwise. Here’s hoping that changes.

    Intellicode and LiveShare haven’t been very useful to me so I’m not too sure if I’m at all excited to hear that there will be more focus on them. I don’t use them in personal projects or at work. 😕

    I do like the refreshed icons / design though and always appreciate it when you guys tackle these small details. I’m also excited to see what ui customization options will be available in the next version. I’d love to see a way to change colors without having to use an extension.

    Despite my concerns and/or lack of enthusiasm for some things, I’m really looking forward to this release!

  • Piotr Karczmarz

    It is surreal to read that after so many years Visual Studio will be finally running as a 64-bit app. Finally!


    Piotr Karczmarz, CTO at ContextKeeper.io, building VS plugin allowing to jump to deep work quicker via “mental snapshots”.

  • Saurabh Gupta

    I am curious to know as new Visual Studio 2022 will depend on which version .net framework or .net core.

  • Joseph Musser

    Does “dependent breakpoints” mean what I think it means? 🎉

    • Harshada HoleMicrosoft employee

      yes, this will add the capability for a breakpoint to become enabled only if another breakpoint is hit. If that what you were thinking then you are right 🙂

    • MgSam

      Hopefully this performs decently. Conditional breakpoints tank perform so horrendously that I never use them.