Today, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015, which can be downloaded now either through visualstudio.com or MSDN subscriber downloads. The latest version of Visual Studio brings a great number of new features as Microsoft continues to deliver on its promise to build bridges for developers through more open integration and cross-platform support.
To kick off the launch and help demonstrate all of the new features, the Visual Studios team is hosting a launch event right now which you can view over the web. Also, over 60 videos have been added to Channel 9 to show the details of specific features.
John Montgomery, Visual Studio’s Director of Program Management, also explains many of the new features in the Visual Studio blog. The list of new features is long, too long to be listed in depth here. To read more about each feature you can head over to the Visual Studio blog to get a summary of everything listed below. Some of the newest Visual Studio 2015 features are:
- Cross-platform mobile device support (Android, iOS, and Windows)
- Improvements in C++
- Productivity enhancements in the IDE
- New in the debugger and diagnostics space
- Blend for Visual Studio 2015
- Node.js Tools for Visual Studio
- Improvements to the connected experiences
- Support for game development
- Packages and Tasks
- New in .NET 2015
- VS Enterprise, VS Community
- VS Code
- GitHub and Visual Studio
- VS Extensibility
- Diagnostic Tools
- Bing Powered Compiler Help
- User Account Management
- VSO and Git Version Control
- Visual Studio Emulator for Android
- C++ Improvements
- Release Management
- Add Connected Services
- Office 365 API Tools
Two things to note about today’s release however are that Team Foundation Server 2015 is not released yet, but a release candidate has been made available, and that tools for Windows 10 will be made available on July 29th when Windows 10 launches. The visual studio team is also encouraging active feedback and suggestions through UserVoice, Send-a-Smile, or Visual Studio Connect.
Are you planning to download Visual Studio 2015 today? If so let us know what you think of the new cross-platform tools in the comments section below.