Microsoft Connect 2018, the mega event from the software giant Microsoft, has brought a whole bunch of exciting announcements today. One of the biggest unveils of the event is the announcement of Visual Studio 2019 Preview.

The company praises Visual Studio 2019 as,

“Whether you’re new to coding or ready for your next project, Visual Studio 2019 streamlines your experience so you can get right down to focused work. You’ll find more screen space for your code and you can search for anything from one place. You can keep your code tidy with one-click code clean-up. When you’re debugging, you’ll notice better stepping performance and you’ll get search capabilities within the Autos, Locals, and Watch windows to quickly find that elusive object or value.”

Here is a video offering an overview of the functionality added to Visual Studio 2019.

Source: Microsoft

As per the official announcement, some of the top features of Preview 1 include –

  • A beautifully designed new Start Window that works well with modern Git repos.
  • Improved UI and UX of the IDE incorporating new product icon, a refreshed blue theme for a cleaner interface, a more compact title and menu bar.
  • New search experience replaces the old “Quick Launch” box.
  • Added new refactoring capabilities – such as changing for-loops to LINQ queries and converting tuples to named-structs – for a better code maintainability and consistency experiences.
  • New document health indicator and code clean-up functionality to help the users identify and fix warnings and suggestions.
  • A brand-new pull request (PR) experience in Visual Studio 2019, which enables the users to review, run, and even debug pull requests from your team without leaving the IDE.
For a complete list of features, you can read the Release Notes.
Well, this is Preview 1 of Visual Studio 2019, to give the developers early access to the features and improvements that are not generally available yet. In the official post, the company has assured that more, better features will be added to each Preview release.

“In this Preview, we’ve focused on a few key areas, such as making it faster to open and work with projects stored in git repositories, improving IntelliSense with Artificial Intelligence (AI) (a feature we call Visual Studio IntelliCode), and making it easier to collaborate with your teammates by integrating Live Share. With each preview, we’ll be adding capabilities, improving performance, and refining the user experience, and we absolutely want your feedback.”

What could be a better approach than “Try it Yourself”? You can download the newly announced preview from the official website.


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