Microsoft to Release Visual Studio 2017 on March 7
In a flurry of updates for developers, Microsoft announces plans to release Visual Studio 2017 during a two-day launch event starting March 7.
The wait is nearly over. Microsoft said today it plans to release Visual Studio 2017, the company's cross-platform IDE (integrated development environment), on Tuesday, March 7 during a two-day launch event. The event, featuring interactive demonstrations and training sessions, will be live-streamed from the Visual Studio website. The news comes as the software giant celebrates Visual Studio's 20th anniversary. Julia Liuson, corporate vice president of Visual Studio at Microsoft, noted in her Feb. 9 announcement that a lot has changed in the past two decades. "Over the years, Visual Studio grew from an IDE to a suite of products and services, including Visual Studio Team Services, Visual Studio Code, and many others," wrote the longtime Microsoft staffer. "The family of Visual Studio products extends across platforms, enabling developers to build mobile-first, cloud-first apps that span Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, and Windows. It also offers industry-leading DevOps practices across all types of projects, as well as tight integration with the Azure cloud." Earlier this week, Microsoft released an update to the Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate (build 26206.00), which contains a new templating engine that streamlines the creation of new projects using the "dotnet new" command. Also new is a feature that enables intelligent code completion while writing SQL called Redgate SQL Prompt.
In terms of coding for the company's own Windows operating system, Microsoft showcased some of the developer-friendly functionality the software maker is including in the Creators Update for Windows 10 during the Windows Developer Day event on Feb. 8.