Microsoft formally announces Visual Studio 2017

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


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.


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