Five-star mobile development. With advanced debugging and profiling tools and unit test generation features, Visual Studio 2017 with Xamarin makes it faster and easier than ever for developers to build, connect, and tune mobile apps for Android, iOS, and Windows.
Microsoft today released Visual Studio 2017, the latest version of its world-class software development IDE (integrated development environment). "This release brings a new lightweight and modular installation experience which can be tailored to your needs". Go to All now offers a fast, complete search for any file, type, member, or symbol declaration in a solution, plus additional filter and customization options.
Language improvements across the board.
CMake support for C++: Start coding by directly loading your CMake projects in Visual Studio, switch between configurations provided by CMake and the CppProperties.json file, and configure further via the CMakeSettings.json file.
Boosted productivity. Enhancements to code navigation, IntelliSense, refactoring, code fixes, and debugging, saves you time and effort on everyday tasks regardless of language or platform. Exclude breaking on exception types thrown from specific modules by clicking the checkbox to add a condition while stopped at the thrown exception.
The latest Visual Studio release also is created to better support teams, and includes tools that provide support for building.NET Core 1.0 and 1.1 applications, Azure applications, microservices and Docker containers.
DevOps improvements. Like the performance improvements noted above, this one spans a wide range of changes, including new Git features, improvements to version control, support for DevOps capabilities on databases as well as code, and much, much more.
New installer. The first thing you'll notice is the glorious new Visual Studio Installer, which takes a componentized approach to installing features. Yes, this means you can target macOS and Linux, as well as Windows.
Microsoft is also releasing a preview of the Python Tools. The final version of Python is now not included in VS 2017, as it didn't meet internal criteria required to make the final cut.
Visual Studio 97, which was announced on January 28th, 1997, has grown from an IDE to a suit of services that now includes Visual Studio Team Services, Visual Studio Code, and many others.
Visual Studio Mobile Center preview updates: Support for mobile apps built with Xamarin and React Native as well as enhanced analytics. This will happen via a new "Update" button in the Visual Studio Installer, shown above.