We have a date! The official Visual Studio 2015 release is
set to be July 20.
S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division
at Microsoft, announced
on his blog that Visual Studio 2015, along with Team Foundation Server 2015
and .NET Framework 4.6, will be available for download that day. An online
release event will be held at 11:30
Viewers will have access to interactive Q & A sessions, more than 60
on-demand videos, and a live demo showcasing the newest features of Visual
As we’ve reported
previously, the new lineup of Visual Studio products simplifies previous
iterations of the IDE. Now, there are only three flavors to choose from:
Community, Professional, and Enterprise. The Community edition is free and
designed for small teams, hobbyists, academics, and others for non-enterprise
development. It is a complete IDE, but will not feature all of the robust
features provided in other editions. The Professional and Enterprise editions
allow for enterprise development, with varying support for Visual Studio Online
services, built-in testing, and collaboration tools. When paired with an MSDN
subscription, the Professional and Enterprise editions include a monthly
Windows Azure credit.
Microsoft’s shift toward open source development with the Roslyn .NET compiler platform and ASP.NET 5; elimination of platform
boundaries by supporting iOS, Android, and Linux development; and embrace of
modern development with tools for DevOps mark Visual Studio 2015 as a pivotal
moment in the history of Microsoft’s premier IDE. The breadth of new features
is far too many to detail in a blog, so we’ve asked some developers what
they’re most excited about.
“This is an important
milestone and there is a huge number of exciting features. If I had to choose,
I would definitely pick the Windows 10 developer tools and the possibility of
building universal Windows apps for any Windows 10 devices.”
-Alessandro Del Sole,
Microsoft MVP and author of Visual Studio 2013 Succinctly and
the upcoming Visual Studio 2015
of my list is the live code analyzers—without a doubt one of the favorites in
my book. It's an immensely helpful tool, both for senior and junior developers alike.
On a deeper level, there's a ton of new stuff in C# 6.0 that I am really
looking forward to. Expression-level features come to mind, like improved
null-conditional operators, nameof
expressions, and string interpolation. And of course statement-level
features—exception filters are my favorite.
“The platform development is getting a lot more
stable—Azure in particular, as well as universal apps and SharePoint. Most of
the core features of Visual Studio have been rebuilt completely from scratch so
expect some performance enhancements and improvements too.
“As an aside, it’s awesome to finally see Visual Studio Code out there, and the
enhancements we're seeing to Team Foundation Server again improves our
productivity as code monkeys.”
Madsen, Microsoft MVP and group manager of LIDNUG.
“I am pretty excited
to play with the universal Windows platform and add Xamarin to it.”
Syncfusion Presales Engineer and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer.
Additional product updates
from Microsoft will continue rolling out through the remainder of the year. Just
nine days after the Visual Studio 2015 launch, Windows 10 will be released, and
the highly anticipated ASP.NET 5 and Entity Framework 7 will
be released at separate, later dates.
We’ll all have to stick to playing with the Visual Studio
2015 release candidate for just a couple more weeks. Until then, let us know
what you’re most looking forward to in Visual Studio 2015 in the comments
below, or on Facebook and Twitter.