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Microsoft Introduces Visual Studio for Mac

The company will launch a preview at the Connect(); event this week. The suite is based on Xamarin Studio integrated development environment (IDE).


Essentially, is bringing the almost identical development experience to the Mac. The Visual Studio for Mac will be an all-round cloud-based development tool for .NET and C# developers.

The UX is based on the Visual Studio's UX with a distinct look and feel like a native software. As it the case with Visual Studio for Windows, Visual Studio Code is available for users who don't a full IDE but rather a lightweight standalone source editor.

Visual Studio for Mac is compatible with most Visual Studio project types, using same MSBuild solution and project format. This makes for an effortless transition between the two and easy data sharing.

Visual Studio for Mac Image credit: Microsoft
Visual Studio for Mac
Image credit: Microsoft

Thanks to Xamarin Studio, Visual Studio for Mac supports C#-based iOS, and Mac development with the Xamarin Platform. This way, developers can use a wide array of devices across different platforms to build a distinguished app experience.

The suite shares lots of common traits with its Windows version. In addition, it features Azure powered cloud-based server back end, along with the support for C# and F# languages.

Mobile-first and cloud-first

Microsoft is marketing the suite as a mobile-first, cloud-first development tool, targeting professional users that want to work on any operating system they like. By catering to developers that use a mixed set of tools, the company is hoping to retain and expand the number of users.

However, making Visual Studio cross-platform could also encourage existing Mac and iOS developers to make more apps for Windows. The suite makes the process much easier as these users will no longer have to buy a Windows computer or set up a virtual machine to access it.

This is a continuation of earlier Microsoft's efforts to address the needs of Windows developers exploring other operating systems, most notably Linux. Earlier this year, the company introduced a native support for Linux command line Bash for the first time ever.

As a result, Microsoft has been working on constantly improving the developing experience regarding Linux. This is directly connected to raising the number of people using Microsoft's Azure App Service. The key part of that process is catering to Linux users.

The preview is available for download from VisualStudio.com. More in-depth details are available here.

Sead Fadilpasic
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