Microsoft rolls out Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 RTM

Back in July, Microsoft released the initial version of Visual Studio 2015 along with .NET 4.6 after numerous technical previews and a release candidate. Now, just a little more than four months on, Microsoft is shipping the first update for the latest version of Visual Studio.

This is an important build of Visual Studio 2015 as it enables apps to be built and submitted to the Windows Store that specifically target the Windows 10 SDK Version 1511. This corresponds with the Windows 10 November Update, formerly known as "Threshold 2" and "Fall Update".

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 ships with a raft of additions and improvements compared to the initial release, including:

  • a tweaked application icon to help differentiate between other versions of Visual Studio running side-by-side on the same machine
  • the latest version of the .NET Framework which notches up to 4.6.1
  • Editor support for new languages including Go, Java, Perl, R, Ruby and Swift
  • Tools for Universal Windows Apps 1.2
  • NuGet 3.3 and NuGet Package Manager
  • Visual Studio license improvements allowing the IDE to remain unlocked for at least a year after signing in

A complete list of features included in Update 1 can be found in the release notes. You can also read Microsoft's blog post covering the major new features in more detail.

Given the popularity of Visual Studio around the world for cross platform application development, the new rapid release cycle will help Microsoft enable developers to build the next generation of applications using the latest technologies available.

Download: Visual Studio 2015 Update 1

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