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.