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64-bit Visual Studio 2022 Preview 1 is available right now

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What you need to know

  • Visual Studio has been a 32-bit platform in the past.
  • Visual Studio 2022's first preview build offers 64-bit support.
  • The new preview build is now available.

Microsoft's released its first preview build of Visual Studio 2022 and it doesn't just want you to try it out for yourself; it wants your feedback. Here's what Microsoft had to say about the Visual Studio preview in its blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the release.

"Our key goal with this preview is to test and tune the scalability of the new 64-bit platform! With the new 64-bit platform Visual Studio is now capable of scaling to make use of all the system resources you have to improve the reliability of Visual Studio especially when working with complex solutions or using Visual Studio over long periods of time. The 64-bit conversion effort affects every part of Visual Studio, so the scope is much bigger than our usual previews."

And here's the brief 20-second video Microsoft released to celebrate the preview's release.

According to Microsoft, customers were able to run solutions with over 700 projects in this new iteration of Visual Studio's early testing phase. For a full look at what's cooking under the hood, check out the preview's release notes (opens in new tab).

But that's not all: Visual Studio 2022 has a roadmap (opens in new tab) that outlines what the plan is for it beyond preview one. Everything from container tool improvements to C++20 language feature support will hit the platform.

For all the latest developments on Microsoft's products, be they Visual Studio 2022 or Windows 11, keep checking Windows Central.

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1 Comment
  • As the ProX chips get stronger they should provide an Arm64 version for native app development. You can get 16GB models and the leaked benchmarks show respectable performance for Gen3 8cx chips.