Microsoft announces Visual Studio 2019 general availability

During a virtual launch event today, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2019 is now generally available. The new IDE contains a number of new features, such as making it easier to clone a Git repo, and there are improvements for template selection.

There's also a new feature called Live Share. Live Share lets you collaborate with other developers in real time. Announced at Build 2018 last year, it's been in preview ever since. Since then, Microsoft has added support for languages like C++ and Python, and it's started allowing guests to start debugging sessions. Live Share works with both Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio Code.

But that's not all, because Visual Studio 2019 for Mac is also generally available. The former Xamarin Studio now shares a core with Visual Studio on Windows, and there's an all-new C# editor. The new editor comes with IntelliSense, as you'd expect from a Visual Studio product. To get the new editor, you'll need to opt in, as the feature is still in preview.

There's also a new Start Window for the Mac, which is meant to allow you to easily create new projects or find one that you were recently working on. Microsoft says that it has seen a 30% decrease in incremental build times with the new IDE as well.

Moving forward with Visual Studio for Mac, Microsoft says it's looking forward to finishing up its C# editor, and bring the Xamarin Forms XAML language service from Windows 10 the Mac.

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