On Day one of Microsoft’s Build 2017 conference, finally
it was announced that Visual Studio is officially available for download on Mac
devices and is out of preview. A rejoicing wave spread among the developers
after getting this much awaited news. The coding tool was first released in
beta preview back in November of last year.
About a couple later than its release on Windows earlier
this year, the IDE (Integrated Development Environment) has been made available
on Mac. This falls in the line with the company’s announcement for the release
date, which had been set towards the end of April, to match with the
conference. This release is aimed at making Microsoft’s developer tools easily
accessible to all, without the dependency of any platform.
Visual Studio for Mac brings the developer productivity
you love to the Mac. The experience has been diligently build to optimize the
developer workflow for the Mac.
This is the first time Microsoft’s flagship coding tool
has made its way across and into Apple’s territory. The support for Visual
Studio 2017 on MacOS has been made possible by leveraging and optimizing its
cross-platform developer service Xamarin, which it acquired last year. This now
allows developers to build apps on the platform without having to worry about
switching workstations — between one that’s Windows or MacOS.
Microsoft in a statement noted earlier, informing about
Sporting a native user interface, Visual Studio for Mac
integrates all of the tools you need to create, debug, test, and publish mobile
and server applications without compromise that includes the state of art APIs
and Android and iOS UI designers.
Much like the usual functionality of the IDE, the Mac
version also brings along collaboration tools — for efficient code management
via access to Git repositories, Xamarin’s advanced debugging and profiling
tools, and build apps for any platform- Windows, Android, iOS and MacOS. And as
announced on stage, all Azure cloud upgrades will also be made available to
Visual Studio 2017 users across all platforms.
If you’re a Mac user and had already been running the
preview build of Visual Studio 2017 then you will soon be able to upgrade your
IDE to the general release candidate. And if not, then head over here to
download the IDE right away — where Microsoft is offering a developer access to
free, extended 60-day trial of Xamarin University. It includes live online
classes on how to get coding with Visual Studio for Mac.
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