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Microsoft: Visual Studio 2019 Preview Coming Soon

Microsoft announced the first preview of Visual Studio 2019 will be available before year's end, with general availability of the flagship IDE expected in the first half of 2019.

That information comes in a blog post announcing a new roadmap of Visual Studio, which includes details on the new edition.

The company first hinted at early work for VS 2019 in June, when John Montgomery, director of program management for Visual Studio, said, "Because the Developer Tools teams (especially .NET and Roslyn) do so much work in GitHub, you'll start to see check-ins that indicate that we're laying the foundation for Visual Studio 2019, and we're now in the early planning phase of Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio for Mac."

At that time, Montgomery said:

Expect more and better refactorings, better navigation, more capabilities in the debugger, faster solution load, and faster builds. But also expect us to continue to explore how connected capabilities like Live Share can enable developers to collaborate in real time from across the world and how we can make cloud scenarios like working with online source repositories more seamless. Expect us to push the boundaries of individual and team productivity with capabilities like IntelliCode, where Visual Studio can use Azure to train and deliver AI-powered assistance into the IDE.

In a Wednesday (Oct. 17) announcement, Montgomery provided more information, highlighting:

  • A better performing and more reliable debugger, moving to an out-of-process 64-bit process.
  • Improved search accuracy for menus, commands, options, and installable components.
  • Visual Studio tooling for Windows Forms and WPF development on .NET Core 3.

The dev team earlier this week announced a new roadmap for Visual Studio for Mac. The big news there was the revelation that the Mac edition's internals would be replaced by internals from the Visual Studio Code editor in an effort to improve that IDE's reliability and performance.

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David Ramel is the editor of Visual Studio Magazine.

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