Microsoft will be bringing the full power of Visual Studio to Apple's desktop operating system, as spotted over on Hacker News. The company plans to have the suite released during Connect(); later this month. The integrated development environment (IDE) is similar to the solution available to Windows, making developers feel at home regardless as to which platform they happen to be using.

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From the official announcement:

"At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it's complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don't need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor."

More details on the software can be found in the main announcement post, but it's clear to see Microsoft attempting to cosy up to developers. Visual Studio for Mac will feel familiar to those who are used to the offering for Windows, but the software will take full advantage of the OS by being a fully native application.

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