As we have seen on the Windows preview, the update is bringing several big changes to Visual Studio. Among them is a new user interface that promises to make the platform easier to use. Microsoft also says there are significant performance improvements to bring more stability to customers.
In terms of specific perks for macOS users, Microsoft says the update brings complete support for native accessibility features on Apple's platform. Furthermore, the company says the macOS version will now play more nicely with VS 2022 on Windows for cross-developing.
In a blog post, Microsoft explains what it is attempting to achieve with the new preview:
“Our goal with Visual Studio 2022 for Mac is to make a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience you've come to love in Visual Studio. This release focuses on:
- Improving IDE performance and reducing crashes with a new fast and fluid native macOS UI.
- Taking advantage of more of macOS's built-in accessibility features.
- Updating the experience to feel more familiar between Mac and Windows.”
Other new additions to look out for in the preview include a menu structure and terminology that is now standardized across Visual Studio. Looking at functions, there is now Git integration baked into the macOS version.
When the preview switches to public availability, Microsoft has some other new features ready to roll out. Specifically, a new settings UI, better drag and drop functionality, and a Git branch selector that sites in the status bar.
If you want to know about the Visual Studio 2022 private preview in detail, check out Microsoft's announcement here. Alternatively, check out the video above for all the flashpoints.
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