Earlier today, Microsoft offered us a peek at Visual Studio 2022, which will offer its first public preview builds later this summer. If you’re into the Visual Studio ecosystem, this looks like a killer upgrade.
Visual Studio enters the 64-bit world… finally
With Visual Studio 2022, you’ll finally be able to take advantage of all of your system RAM. Earlier versions of Visual Studio are 32-bit applications, thereby hobbling VS to a maximum of 2GiB RAM.
The new VS2022 is fully 64-bit—without which the first GIF in the gallery above wouldn’t be able to open a whopping 1,600 projects and roughly 300,000 files at once.
IntelliCode gets a little smarter
Visual Studio’s AI IntelliCode Engine—which the less-fancy among us might simply think of as “command autocomplete”—gets an upgrade as well.
We don’t have any specific details on what’s different, just a promise that “Visual Studio 2022 will provide more and deeper integrations into your daily workflows, helping you to take the right action in the right place at the right time.”
Environments and Languages
The new Visual Studio 2022 offers full support for .NET 6 and all the features it offers. This includes .NET MAUI—the Multi-platform App UI visible in the gallery above—as well as .NET Hot Reload, a feature allowing developers to apply code updates to a running app, without needing to restart the app or lose its current state.
Visual C++ also gets new productivity features, tooling, and IntelliSense. Along with these features, cross-platform devs get support for CMake, Linux, and Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL).
Git and GitHub integration
Visual Studio 2022 will offer powerful new support for Git and Github.
This includes built-in logic and checkpoints to guide devs through merge and review processes, anticipating feedback from colleagues ahead of time. Microsoft says “our guiding principle here was helping you to have higher confidence in the code you deliver.”
Check out the full announcement
If you’re a developer in the Visual Studio ecosystem—or considering becoming one—check out the full Visual Studio 2022 announcement for even more details, including improved code search, Azure support, a Mac platform refresh, and more.
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