Microsoft held the keynote for its Connect() developer conference today, where it announced the next version of its integrated development environment (IDE), Visual Studio 2017. The company is also offering a release candidate, which you can grab from VisualStudio.com.
The company’s latest IDE has a heavy focus on mobile cross-platform development, coming with an iOS Simulator, a feature that used to be exclusive to developing on a Mac.
In addition, as accidentally spoiled earlier this week, Visual Studio for the Mac has also been released. Technically, it’s Xamarin, but Microsoft is rebranding it as Visual Studio.
Being able to uninstall the whole thing in one go, rather than the nearly twenty individual components is going to be a major convenience.
So what API is Microsoft using these days to do the GUI stuff across platforms? As I recall, first they had Windows Forms on .NET, then WPF/Silverlight, and then I think WinRT in Windows 8, and then I kind of lost track. lol