Microsoft said today that it will release the first public preview of Visual Studio 2022 this summer ahead of an expected late 2021 release. And it looks like a major refresh.
“The next major release of Visual Studio will be faster, more approachable, and more lightweight, designed for both learners and those building industrial-scale solutions,” Microsoft corporate vice president Amanda Silver notes in the announcement. “For the first time ever, Visual Studio will be 64-bit. The user experience will feel cleaner, intelligent, and action-oriented.”
Among the changes coming in this release are:
64-bit. Finally, Visual Studio becomes 64-bit, gaining support for over 4 GB of RAM in the main application process. “With a 64-bit Visual Studio on Windows, you can open, edit, run, and debug even the biggest and most complex solutions without running out of memory,” Ms. Silver says, adding that, yes, you will still be able to develop 32-bit apps if needed.
Refreshed user experience. Microsoft says it has reduced complexity and decreased the cognitive load throughout the Visual Studio 2022 UI while making cosmetic and accessibility improvements. There are new icons, a new fixed-width coding font called Cascadia Code, new and improved application themes, and more.
Personalization. It’s not clear how yet, but Visual Studio 2022 will make it easier than ever for developers to customize the integrated development environment (IDE) to their exact needs.
Modern app development support. Visual Studio 2022 will support the creation of modern, cloud-based applications with Azure; .NET 6 apps including .NET Multi-platform App UI (.NET MAUI) and ASP.NET Blazor-based .NET MAUI desktop apps; and C++ 20, with its new language features and improved support for Linux apps.
More. There’s a lot more, including new functionality related to diagnostics and debugging, real-time collaboration, the AI IntelliCode engine, asynchronous collaboration, and code search.
Visual Studio for Mac. On the Mac, Visual Studio is moving to a new native user interface with better performance and reliability. The product will take full advantage of all macOS accessibility features, will offer more visual consistency with the Windows version, and will provide a new Git experience with the introduction of the Git Changes tool window.