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What’s new

Visual Studio 2019

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Save time with new features

Stay focused and productive with improved performance, instant code cleanup, better search results, and Git integration.

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Improved search

Search for settings, commands, and install options with relevant results.

Code cleanup

Navigate between code issues and apply style and formatting fixes in bulk.


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Team up to solve issues

Enjoy natural collaboration through a Git-first workflow, real-time editing and debugging, and code reviews right in Visual Studio.

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Git-first workflow

Start coding quickly by cloning or checking out code from an online repository or SSH URI.

Live Share

Collaborate with anyone on the same codebase without needing to replicate their environment.

Integrated code reviews

Create, review, and comment on Pull Requests from Azure Repos or GitHub inside Visual Studio.

Zero in with precise targeting

Highlight and navigate to specific values, optimize memory use, and take automatic snapshots of your application’s execution.

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Performance gains

Use an improved C++ debugger that handles large, complex apps with an external process.

Search while debugging

Find objects and values quickly with new search abilities in Autos, Locals, and Watch windows.

Snapshot debugging (Enterprise only)

Get a snapshot of your app’s execution in the cloud to see exactly what’s happening.

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Visual Studio 2019

Latest updates

  • New Container Tools Window, which enables listing, inspecting, stopping, starting, and removing Docker images and containers, as well as viewing folders and files and opening terminal windows.
  • XAML Hot Reload for Xamarin.Forms enables making changes to your XAML UI and seeing them reflected live, without requiring another build and deploy.
  • A new Pinnable Properties tool, which enables properties in the Watch, Autos, and Locals windows to be put at the top the display.
  • XAML tooling improvements such as showing snippets in IntelliSense, displaying resources for referenced assemblies, and Just My XAML in Live Visual Tree.

Bug fixes

  • Pressing semi-colon will no more close the IntelliSense window
  • Multiple Visual Studio feedback issues resolved – logs will no longer be mandatorily collected for suggestions, sign in related issues, crash over non-existent screenshot, and high contrast theme application issues have been addressed
  • CMake project files now load properly and load from command line as well

Release Notes


Visual Studio 2019

Latest updates

  • .NET Core 3.0 is now supported in this latest version of Visual Studio. This will enable you to create WPF and Windows Forms desktop applications with .NET Core 3.0, alongside ASP.NET Core web and Blazor applications, gRPC services, and much more.
  • Multiple productivity improvements were added for .NET developers, like renaming a file when renaming an interface, enum, or class (Ctrl +R,R), introducing local variables after writing its initializer, and more.
  • This version of Visual Studio supports applications targeting .NET Framework 4.8 and applications written in F# 4.7.
  • C++ developers can now toggle line comments, have on-by-default IntelliCode, and improved IntelliSense member list filtering.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • All editor and productivity features are now localized.
  • If “Enable edit and Continue” is switched off, Visual Studio 2019 will no longer crash.
  • Brace completion when member list is up now puts the character in the right position.

Release Notes


Visual Studio 2019

Latest updates

  • The Test Explorer now has significant UI improvements including better handling of large test sets, more filtering, commands, and the addition of customizable columns.
  • Access the Developer Command Prompt and Developer PowerShell by either going to “Tools > Command Line” or by searching for them via the Visual Studio Search.
  • You can now set a breakpoint in a JavaScript application and start a debug session using Microsoft Edge Insider browser.

Bug fixes and improvements

  • There is now better use of vertical space with menus and toolbars
  • You now have the ability to resize, drop files on to, and use keyboard shortcuts in the start window
  • We have also released various Xamarin.Android startup improvements

Release Notes


Visual Studio 2019

Latest updates

  • IntelliCode is now available in the box, no extension needed
  • The very popular GitHub extension is now being installed by default in Visual Studio
  • The Time Travel Debugging (TTD) preview in Visual Studio Enterprise 2019 provides the ability to record an app running, reconstruct and replay the execution path

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Support for per-monitor awareness (PMA) means that the code you work on will now appear crisp and clear in any monitor display scale factor
  • We have added the ability for VSIX projects to reference Shared Projects in the same solution

Release Notes


Visual Studio 2019

Latest updates

  • Load project dependencies quickly with a new project menu
  • Improved IntelliSense performance for C++ files in CMake projects
  • Load larger .NET Core solutions using much less memory

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Use the new start window to open your recent projects and folders right away or to quickly clone, open, or create a project.
  • Save time by launching Google Chrome with custom arguments to enable JavaScript debugging within Visual Studio.

Release Notes


Visual Studio 2017

Latest updates

  • Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin now supports Xcode 10
  • There is now added support for TypeScript 3.1
  • We made improvements to the F5 (Build + Deploy) speed for Universal Windows Platform applications

Bug fixes and improvements

  • Experience the improved debugging experience for NuGet packages using the new symbol package format (.snupkg).
  • You can now import and export an installation configuration file that specifies which workloads and components should be installed with an instance of Visual Studio.

Release Notes