Microsoft announces Visual Studio 2019

In a blog post today called What's Next for Visual Studio, Microsoft announced the next version of its integrated development environment (IDE), Visual Studio 2019. Unfortunately, the firm didn't go into details about what will be included in the release, or what the new features will be.

It did say that it wants to make it a "simple, easy upgrade for everyone", and that Visual Studio 2019 will run alongside of VS2017, and it won't require a major OS upgrade. That means that it should support the same selection of operating systems that its predecessor did, including Windows 7 and 8.1. This is a bit surprising, given that we already know that Office 2019 will only work on Windows 10.

Microsoft said that its goals for VS2019 is to make it "faster, more reliable, more productive for individuals and teams, easier to use, and easier to get started with." In other words, it's going to be better in every way, including improvements to new features like Live Code and IntelliCode.

The firm also didn't provide a specific timeline for the release, but it said that it wants to release it "quickly and iteratively". There's no preview available yet, but Microsoft said that if you want to try out the latest and greatest features, you should be on the Visual Studio 2017 preview.

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