Visual Studio 2022 For Mac Private Preview Is Out

Visual Studio 2022 for Mac aims to provide a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience that users have loved in Visual Studio.

Recently, Microsoft announced the first private preview release of Visual Studio 2022 for Mac, which is the first release of .NET IDE with a refreshed, fully native macOS UI. This preview can be can be installed side-by-side with earlier versions of Visual Studio for Mac and is free to use.

Microsoft said that its aim with Visual Studio 2022 for Mac is to make a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience that users have come to love in Visual Studio. The release focuses on improving IDE performance and decreasing crashes with a new fast and fluid native macOS UI. The release also attempts to take full advantage of more of macOS’s built-in accessibility features.

Source: Microsoft

The release takes Visual Studio for Mac to native macOS UI, which will fix more than 100 previously reported issues related to performance, reliability, and product quality. Additional benefit of using native macOS UI is that the IDE works more smoothly with macOS’s built in assistive technologies. Noteworthy improvements for accessibility include support for new High Contrast themes and a more intuitive experience with VoiceOver.

The new look and feel in Visual Studio for Mac include a footer status bar, new tab model for documents/tool window, and refreshed light & dark themes. There are changes to menus and terminology as well, across the IDE. The release also brings the new Git experience from Visual Studio to the Mac, starting with the Git Changes tool window.

Source: Microsoft

VS for Mac team said that it is working on a list of known issues it want to fix before sharing out a larger public preview. Upcoming previews will also include changes like a new preferences UI, tool window drag and drop, and a Git branch selector in the status bar. 

You can check out Visual Studio 2022 for Mac's recently updated roadmap to learn more.

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