Visual Studio 2019 is the next major version of Microsoft's developer tool

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Visual Studio logo (Image credit: Microsoft)

Microsoft today offered a look at what's next for Visual Studio, including a peek at the next major release: Visual Studio 2019. (opens in new tab) In its blog post, the company is light on details, but it did offer up some of its goals for the release.

According to Microsoft, the company is still in the "early planning phase" for Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio for Mac. Along with general improvements to make the developer tool more reliable and more productive, Microsoft has some concrete goals in mind. From Microsoft:

Expect more and better refactorings, better navigation, more capabilities in the debugger, faster solution load, and faster builds. But also expect us to continue to explore how connected capabilities like Live Share can enable developers to collaborate in real time from across the world and how we can make cloud scenarios like working with online source repositories more seamless. Expect us to push the boundaries of individual and team productivity with capabilities like IntelliCode, where Visual Studio can use Azure to train and deliver AI-powered assistance into the IDE.

Once it enters preview, developers will be able to install Visual Studio 2019 right alongside Visual Studio 2017. That said, there's no timeline available for release, with Microsoft only promising more information in "the coming months."

In the meantime, if you're eager to get an early peek at features coming to the current Visual Studio 2017, you can sign up to test the Visual Studio Preview (opens in new tab). Hopefully, we'll learn more about what to expect from the 2019 release soon.

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  • Nice
  • I bet its _not_ UWP ;)
    Can't eat their own dog food.
  • Have you used Visual Studio before? Just asking.
  • AFAIK, it isn't even 64-Bit...
  • I been wondering about that. It's 2018
  • Will this be the version that kills UWP once and for all...
  • Yeah, definitely. It's in the blogpost.
  • It's not really.
  • What point would that serve? Killing Win32 would make more sense, but there are still too many people stuck in the 1990s for that to happen yet. UWP is the future.
  • You obviously have no idea how IDEs, SDKs and build tools relate to each other... And how they're different.
  • You are right, but first kill HWN before UWP
  • You can keep dreaming
  • Why are you that interested in killing UWP?
  • For what reason? Killing UWP also means bye bye to AR, MR, IOT.
    * If you want wireless, WoA for AR, MR might be the key. As a programmer, IOT means new opportunity. Why would you want to kill it? Would you choose Assembly over C++ or C#? How about dealing with 3rd party components and HW? How do you push your code to machines without UWP and Store? How about Security update? Why don't you want to share code between PC, machines and servers?
  • Calm down, not worth answering to a stranger of Microsoft Future
  • I'm calm. Just interested to know his answer to all those Qs.
  • Can the tool help ms to stop breaking everything.
  • It hasn't since its inception
  • The real question is when will they get rid of the year on the name and just call it Visual Studio ??? :P
  • MS shouldn't and they can't, cause we need different versions for different team / different or older projects. Enterprises buy VS and they are not buying new licenses every year.
  • Would like to have a Linux version like the one on macOS. Used to develop Xanmarin, C/C++, APS.Net and .net core apps.