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Customers looking for the latest version of Visual Studio and .NET, now is the time. Microsoft yesterday made both new versions available yesterday. Visual Studio 2022 is now generally available, as is .NET 6.

Visual Studio 2022 is an important release because it is the first ever 64-bit version of the platform. Microsoft points out this change means VS is now better at managing system resources. During testing of the platform, customers were able to run VS IDE for days, even on services with other 700 projects.

As you would expect from a major release, Visual Studio 2022 provides plenty of improvements, including in debugging and edits. Perhaps the big new feature is the Hot Reload ability. Hot Reload gives developers on native C++ apps the ability to boost productivity during the build process of their applications.

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Hot Reload is also part of .NET 6 development, but only after Microsoft reversed a decision to remove it from previews. Microsoft had said the feature would remain a Visual Studio exclusive and not come to .NET.

Moving Forward

Many in the open source community were angered by Microsoft’s decision. After a decade of cultivating a relationship with open source, this felt like a step back. Rather than incur the wrath of those critics, Microsoft quickly reversed its decision.

Elsewhere in .NET 6, the platform is getting support for Windows ARM64 and Apple ARM64 processors for the first time. Microsoft is hosting a .NET conference between November 9 to 11, where .NET 6 will play a big part.

You may remember .NET 5 was launched a year ago as a replacement for .NET Core and .NET Framework. It is a merger of classic .NET Framework with the open source .NET Core. The new .NET creates a single .NET platform, something users of the software framework have been asking for. With .NET 6, Microsoft is building on this concept that started last year.

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