New Update Visual Studio 2022 17.1 Preview 2 now live with Git, C++, and .NET enhancements

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Visual Studio 2022 became generally available back in November 2021, and Microsoft obviously intends to add more features to it past its initial release as well. Today, some of these have arrived in the form of Visual Studio 2022 17.1 Preview 2 and there are tons of enhancements to know about if you're a developer eager to test out the latest features in Microsoft's integrated development environment (IDE).

With the latest preview release, it is easier to compare the current Git branch with other branches in a side-by-side view. There is support for enhanced detached head where you can checkout a commit and navigate to an older point in your repository and run it as well. Pull requests and team updates can now be reviewed relatively quicker too. Multi-repository support is also being enhanced and the IDE is now flexible to lightweight branch management operations. In the same vein, new branches can be automatically created across all active repos, you don't need to manually create them for each one. Finally, Line-staging is now in preview and it enables developers to stage chunks of their code.

In terms of code management, code cleanups on explicit save operations can now be automated using custom cleanup profiles. Yet another capability being introduced in this domain is enabling Visual Studio to automatically save code when the window loses focus. These automatic save points will not trigger automatic code cleanups. That said, Microsoft has emphasized that this feature is still in preview and the company is welcoming feedback on the topic.

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Microsoft's work on Visual Studio 2022 version 17.1 continues with the release of Preview 6 this week. The studio responsible for creating Visual Studio released the first preview version of the new Visual Studio 2022 on November 8, 2022.

Several older versions of Visual Studio will run out of support in the coming two years. Microsoft recommends that customers upgrade to new versions that continue to be supported.

Here is the list of Visual Studio versions and when they will run out of support:
  • Visual Studio 2012 reaches end of support on January 9, 2023.
  • Visual Studio 2019 version 16.7 reaches end of support on April 12, 2022.
  • Visual Studio 2019 Preview Channel reaches end of support after April 2022.
Microsoft recommends Visual Studio 2022 for all customers who use previous versions of the development environment. The latest version is supported until January 2032.

Customers do have other options at their disposal, including Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11, which is supported until April 2029, Visual Studio 2017 version 15.9, which is supported until April 2027, Visual Studio 2015 update 3, which is supported until October 2025, or Visual Studio 2013 update 5, which is supported until April 2024.
 

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Visual Studio 2022 17.1 is now generally available​

A few weeks ago, Visual Studio 2022 17.1 Preview 2 became available for those who want to test the integrated development environment (IDE) early. Today, this version of the software has hit general availability (GA) and is ready for everyone to try out.
You can download Visual Studio 2022 17.1 from Microsoft's dedicated website here.
 

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Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2022 17.2 and 17.3 Preview 1 with C# and .NET improvements​

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2022 17.2, it improves C# and .NET experiences, Git performance, there are updates for C++, and new Azure tools for local development and deployment. In addition to this release, Microsoft has made Visual Studio 2022 17.3 Preview 1 available for download which brings tooling support for .NET MAUI to Visual Studio.

On top of all the new features VS 2022 17.2 delivers, Microsoft has addressed more than 400 issues given as feedback by the community. Some of the most upvoted issues that were fixed in this update include ‘Window switching in Windows 11 taskbar stops working when application is debugging in VS 2022’, ‘An error occurred while initializing the frame’s content’, and ‘visual studio 2022 hangs randomly’. These seem like some pretty annoying issues to have had to contend with so, hopefully, the 17.2 update makes things a lot better.

The new changes in Visual Studio 2022 17.2 are quite technical and long-winded to explain but you can check out the fairly comprehensive explanations in Microsoft’s announcement on its Dev Blog.
 

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Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2022 17.3, here are the highlights​

Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2022 17.3. This update brings support for .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI), the ability to develop apps for Microsoft Teams, C++ improvements, Azure Container Apps, and improved Live Unit Testing. You can see a complete list of new features by opening Help > What’s New in Visual Studio.

The headline feature in this update is that .NET MAUI has graduated from preview support and is now available in the release channel of Visual Studio 2022 on Windows. The support includes productivity features that will help you quickly build and ship .NET client apps to Android, iOS, macOS, and Windows from a single codebase. Hot Reload, Live Visual Tree, and XAML Live Preview are some of the tools that can make you more productive.

Next, Microsoft has added Teams Toolkit for Visual Studio, which helps you make apps for Teams. If you want to make a Teams Command Bot that responds to chat commands, you can use the Teams Toolkit, which automatically configures the Bot Framework. If you want to start using the toolkit, Microsoft has created a walk-through on how to create a notification bot using the toolkit.
 

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ARM64 support has been awesome too. Tested it out on a M1 MacBook Pro with a Parallels VM, runs very fast and my large pure .NET projects worked with zero modifications. So much faster than when it was being translated from Intel.
 

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Visual Studio 2022 17.4 for Windows x64, Mac, and Arm64 is now available, support for .NET 7​

Visual Studio is the integrated development environment (IDE) of choice for many developers due to its rich suite of capabilities and multi-platform support. Microsoft regularly rolls out new releases of the tool, introducing new features and improvements. Today, Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2022 17.4, which is a pretty major update. Along with the regular 64-bit Windows (x64) and Mac enhancements, this is also the first version of the IDE to support Arm64 architectures natively.

Visual Studio 2022 17.4 brings support for .NET 7 as well. In terms of improvements over its predecessor, .NET 7 offers better performance, enhancements to .NET MAUI, built-in container support for the .NET SDK, Microsoft Orleans 7.0, and observability integrations, along with updates to C# 11 and F# 7 to make them more developer-friendly.

The other interesting aspect of this release is native support for Arm64. This should go well with Microsoft's Windows Dev Kit 2023 (also known as Project Volterra). The Redmond tech giant has emphasized that it is building a complete toolchain for Arm-native development, making this just a stepping stone in the process. Along with vastly improved performance, the Arm64 version of Visual Studio 2022 17.4 offers the following workloads in general availability [...]
 
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Visual Studio 2022 17.5 Preview 2 adds Sticky Scroll to boost productivity​

Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2022 17.5 Preview 2 adds Sticky Scroll functionality to help improve users’ productivity. Sticky Scroll reminds you about which code you’re editing by keeping the relevant headers pinned above the scroll view. The feature isn’t on by default but you can switch it on by heading to Tools > Options > Text Editor > General > Sticky Scroll and toggling the “Show the nested current scopes during the scroll at the top of the editor” option.

Sticky Scroll is a little bit limited right now in terms of the languages that it supports but it will work when editing code written in C#, C++, XAML, and JSON. Microsoft said it will continue improving the feature so it may add Sticky Scroll support for languages in the future.
 
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Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2022 17.5 with new features and improvements​

After releasing six preview versions, Microsoft has now released the final version of its Visual Studio 2022 17.5. The new additions and improvements in the company's popular development tools are extensive, and you can check them all out on Microsoft's blog post.

[...] The new Visual Studio 2022 update also has improvements in the tool's text visualizer, along with performances improvements in the debugger, an easier way to set up Dev Tunnels, a new native Arm64 Clang toolset, and much more. You can grab the new 17.5 version of the tools at Microsoft's Visual Studio 2022 download site for Windows and Mac PCs.
 

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Microsoft's Visual Studio development tools may have added more features over the years. However, the actual visual language of the program hasn't changed since Visual Studio 2012. That's more than enough time to get a makeover, and that's what the Visual Studio team is working on right now.

In a blog post, the team said they had three main goals with this project:
  • Cohesiveness: It is important to make sure these updates balance a new, refreshed look and feel with the familiarity of the Visual Studio our customers already know. By aligning with Fluent, Visual Studio will look and feel more seamless with the rest of the operating system and other Microsoft products.
  • Accessibility: It is important that the updates follow our accessibility best practices and make the product easier to use. This manifests in several ways, including: adjusting target sizes to make them easier to use while maintaining information density, using color more intentionally to decrease visual noise and draw attention to the active areas of the IDE, and using lighter weight controls to make it easier to distinguish different actions.
  • Productivity: The UI updates work towards creating more consistent experiences, making it easier to navigate the product with confidence by reducing the amount of time it takes to get familiarized with the UI. Our updates also work to reduce cognitive load and mental fatigue, making Visual Studio a more comfortable work environment.
 

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