No surprises here, but Microsoft announced today that it will RTM—yes, they’re still using that old-school term—Visual Studio 2015 on July 20, 2015, and make it available immediately for developers to download. That’s less than 10 days before Windows 10 launces.
“Visual Studio 2015 is a big release,” Microsoft corporate vice president S.Somasegar writes in a new post to his corporate blog. “We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms – from cross-platform mobile development targeting iOS, Android and Windows, to game development targeting Unity, Unreal, Cocos and more. At the same time, Visual Studio 2015 redefines developer productivity with proactive diagnostics tooling and the new Rolsyn language services for C# and VB. And together, Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online help teams to embrace DevOps with great agile backlog management, Azure cloud tooling, hosted continuous integration, and Application Insights across all the components of your application.”
That bit about targeting new platforms is interesting, because Microsoft literally just announced that three of the four “bridge” technologies it is introducing with this release will not in fact be ready for Visual Studio 2015’s RTM.
“Project Westminster,” which is aimed at bringing web sites to Windows 10 as contained native apps is ready, but “Project Astoria” (for bringing Android code to Windows 10), “Project Centennial” (for bringing legacy Windows platform code like .NET, Win32, and so on to Windows 10), and “Project Islandwood” (for bringing iOS code to Windows 10) are not ready. Microsoft says it will “go into more detail on how each bridge can be used for getting your app on [Windows 10] … over the summer.” Perhaps that will happen before July 20, but I’d be surprised if we saw anything more advanced than preview releases of each by that date, which his just three weeks from now.
We’ll see what happens, I guess. But in the meantime, Microsoft is planning a live web event for 8:30 am PT/11:30 am ET on July 20 where developers can engage in live, interactive Q&A about Visual Studio 2015 and these new technologies. There’s no need to sign-up for this event but you can check out the Visual Studio 2015 final release event page for more details.