Save the Date: Visual Studio 2015 RTM on July 20th

Today, I’m happy to share that the final releases of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 will be available for download on July 20th. 

Visual Studio 2015 is a big release.  We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms – from cross-platform mobile development targeting iOS, Android and Windows, to game development targeting Unity, Unreal, Cocos and more.  At the same time, Visual Studio 2015 redefines developer productivity with proactive diagnostics tooling and the new Roslyn language services for C# and VB.  And together, Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online help teams to embrace DevOps with great agile backlog management, Azure cloud tooling, hosted continuous integration, and Application Insights across all the components of your application.

To celebrate the release, we invite you to join us online on July 20th to learn about the new features and technologies. You will be able to engage in live, interactive Q&A sessions with the engineering team, as well as deep-dive into technical details covered in over 60 on-demand video sessions.

For more details, check out the Visual Studio 2015 Final Release Event site, and join us on July 20 at 3:30 pm UTC (8:30 am PDT) to watch the Visual Studio 2015 final release event online.


Comments (85)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Amazing, can't wait! πŸ™‚

  2. PrikhodkoEA says:

    Cool!!! πŸ™‚

  3. DvdBrink says:

    Wow! Can't wait for the RTM so we can use this at work! Love it!

  4. Anonymous says:

    Will TFS 2015 RTM be available on July 20th?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Nice! Right on my birthday πŸ™‚

  6. Anonymous says:

    @ Scott A,

    …it literally says in the first sentence that TFS will be o.O

  7. Anonymous says:

    Nice! Will the new build system in VSO be available from that date? I've seen presentations of a flexible build system that supports every make system that can be invoked from a command line, but I cannot find it in todays VSO.

  8. Anonymous says:

    Will ASP.NET v5 and Entity Framework v7 be included in this release? At the Ignite conference, we were told those would be released at a later date. I'm wondering if that has changed.

  9. Anonymous says:

    When will TFS 2015 be released?  Same date or a different date?

  10. Norsten says:

    do you think it might get released a little earlier for MSDN subscribers ?

  11. Anonymous says:

    Great news!

    As a Visual Studio Online Professional subscriber, does this get me access to VS2015?

  12. Anonymous says:

    is upgrading from TFS 2012 to TFS 2015 supported or only from TFS 2013 ?

    in support forums for TFS many users failed to upgrade from TFs 2012 to TFS 2015 RC with a SQL related error.

  13. Anonymous says:

    Great thanks Somasegar  &  VS Team

  14. Anonymous says:

    nice work

  15. S.Somasegar says:

    @Brad – ASP.NET 5 and EF 7 will be released separately at a later date.

    @Matt – Yes, if you are a VSO Professional subscriber, you will have access to the new Visual Studio 2015 when it is available.

  16. Anonymous says:

    Can't wait for my birthday present

  17. Anonymous says:

    Finally, I can get rid of that annoying icon with a EPRE" on it. Will there be better ASP.Net 5 support?

  18. Anonymous says:

    Any word on the price for the Visual Studio Professional 2015 standalone license, and whether it will have a cheaper upgrade cost for those who bought 2013?

  19. Anonymous says:


    Microsoft recently open sourced MSBuild. Is that what you are thinking of? Since it is open source, they have been porting it to Linux and OS X, for use with .net Core.

  20. S.Somasegar says:

    @Eivind – VSO Build vNExt is in public preview now, and should be available in all VSO accounts.  See…/visual-studio-online-update-may-15th.aspx.  

  21. Anonymous says:

    Good to see VS release focused on core functionality which I'll use every day.   No more piling unused extras on top of the agile/Kanban functionality.

    Upgrading native XAML mobile development would be a big boost in the next SP (cross platform without Xamarin).

  22. David Cater says:

    Any idea when we'll be able to associate Windows 10 universal apps with the store, and when we'll be able to submit them for publication?

  23. Anonymous says:

    Thanks a lot . Now  I am testing the pre RTM… Waiting for the Final release.

  24. Anonymous says:

    Can't ****** wait!

  25. eatage says:


  26. ildjarn says:

    What are the final build numbers for the VC++ compiler and .NET Framework?

  27. Anonymous says:

    Hello  VS2015!

  28. Anonymous says:

    x64 is OK? We bored making regedit and config setings.

  29. Anonymous says:

    I can wait, I'm not that impatient. Just take your time and test it appropriately.

  30. Anonymous says:

    Marvellous – Looking forward to this major release.

  31. Anonymous says:

    now time comes

    when mobile development goes easier


  32. DS19 says:

    BI project templates will be available at the release date? Or they'll appear again one year later?

  33. Anonymous says:

    Blend Included?

  34. Christiaan Rakowski says:

    I've been very happy with the CTP's and RC so far. Was already wondering when the big day was going to be! πŸ™‚

  35. Anonymous says:

    Actually cant wait been stuck with 2013 and slow ide for so long esp copy and paste ! role on 20th july.

  36. Anonymous says:

    Pls don't forget the TFS Power Tools 2015!


  37. Anonymous says:

    Wow.. Excellent.. πŸ™‚

  38. LA17 says:

    Great news!! Can't wait!

  39. S.Somasegar says:

    @Norsten – We expect that the final release will be available to MSDN subscribers on 7/20 as well.

    @Malisa Ncube – Yes, Blend will be part of the Visual Studio 2015 release.

    @David Cater – There are some details on the timing of Windows 10 app development here:…/release-dates-and-compatibility-visual-studio-2015-and-windows-10-sdk

  40. Anonymous says:

    @S.Somasegar,  any ETA on EF7 release?

  41. Anonymous says:

    Will this version be able to click-once publish to SQL Server 2014 express / localDB or any other new options?   Will this version allow having a solution with an existing Microsoft Reporting project?  (The prior previews did not)  Will this version allow the database project create BACPACs (as opposed to just DACPACs) so we do not have to hand code any initial/seed data in Post-deployment scripts?

  42. Anonymous says:

    Anyone can tell me if I could use the VS2015 do develop apps for OSs like sailfish or ubuntu, which have QT as base?

  43. @FΓ‘bio – There are several options for doing Linux QT development with Visual Studio – one example:…/qt5

  44. Anonymous says:

    Amazing. Can`t Wait

  45. Em Poh Ping says:

    visual studio 2015 works with openCV 3.0?

  46. Anonymous says:

    Simplify Visual Studio

    VS should not keep moving towards a 1990s style do everything CASE tool

  47. Anonymous says:

    why is this being released prior to Windows 10 release?

  48. S.Somasegar says:

    @Craig S – Visual Studio 2015 Professional standalone will continue to be available at the same price as Visual Studio 2013 Professional standalone.  There are three other options to consider: (1) non-enterprise developers can use Visual Studio Community 2015 for free (2) Visual Studio Online Professional is a monthly subscription offering that includes Visual Studio 2015 Professional (3) Visual Studio Professional with MSDN includes a wide range of additional MSDN benefits on top of the IDE.

  49. @Em Poh Ping – You might want to check on the OpenCV forums about using OpenCV with VS2015.  It looks like others there are already working on this.  See…/query:visual%20studio%202015.

    @Samuel – If you are looking for a lightweight editor, Visual Studio Code is now available in preview.  See  

    @Sooryanarayan Hehde  – The Windows 10 SDK and tools work on top of Visual Studio 2015.  More details on Windows 10 SDK compatibility with VS2015 are here:…/release-dates-and-compatibility-visual-studio-2015-and-windows-10-sdk

  50. @Nico I do not think there will be a Power Tools 2015 on RTM, see also information in the thread at…/is-there-a-power-tools-install-for-2015

    @DS19 I can't find a link at the moment, but I believe the VS2015 BI Project templates will be build as part of SQL2016 (and then are also able to down-target downto SQL2012 SSIS). As part of that work a 'refresh' of the VS2013BI tools supporting SQL2012 would be done I believe (but again, I can't find a blog/forum post.. I believe it might have been mentioned in a podcast or maybe an Ignite video). So no BI Project templates on RTM.

  51. Anonymous says:

    Will RTM of VS 2013 Update 5 be soon as well?

  52. Anonymous says:

    Can we develop for the current Version of BizTalk with the VS15 or do we need to wait another 1 or 2 years for the next version as usual?

  53. Anonymous says:

    Hi BizTalk 2013 R2 (nice name!),

    We'll be revving the support for Visual Studio with the next major release of BizTalk which is currently planned for 2016 – that will add support for Visual Studio 2015.



  54. Anonymous says:

    Thank you so much. I am a part of it and glad to be a part of the grand ceremony.

  55. batpox says:

    Can't wait to see what you've done with LightSwitch!

  56. Anonymous says:

    I have been waiting. I want to check all new features specially for mobile devices.

  57. This is excellent news. Can't wait.

  58. Anonymous says:

    this is free?

  59. Anonymous says:

    Can i use visual studio on mac os without installing windows

  60. S.Somasegar says:

    @23131 – Visual Studio Community 2015 is free for non-enterprise development.

    @prashant  – Visual Studio Code is available natively on the Mac.  You can use Visual Studio Community, Professional or Enterprise on Mac via a Windows VM.

  61. Anonymous says:

    Traditionally, MSDN Subscribers are able to download RTM releases prior to the official release date. Will that be the case for Visual Studio 2015?   When can MSDN subscribers download the RTM?

  62. @Dan Arnold – The 7/20 release is for both MSDN subscribers and for direct downloads.  There is currently no plan to do these two releases at different times.

  63. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Somasegar, VS.NET Team and MS.

    @Somasegar, the time is too early for us (who are in NZT time zone) πŸ™

  64. Anonymous says:

    Does Xamarin come with VS2015 or do I have to purchase it separately?

  65. Anonymous says:

    The 7/20 release is for both MSDN subscribers and for direct downloads.  There is currently no plan to do these two releases at different times.

    We do not want your trash early anyways.

  66. S.Somasegar says:

    Regarding the questions about Team Foundation Server 2015 RTM – please see today’s blog post from Brian Harry announcing the availability today of TFS 2015 RC2 and the revised plan for availability of TFS 2015 RTM sometime after 7/20.  I’ve updated this post to reflect the plans for TFS 2015 RTM.…/team-foundation-server-2015-rc2-available.aspx

  67. Anonymous says:

    64k question – will VS2015 RC upgrade to VS2015 RTM as seamlessly as I get my Win 10 builds or is it the old uninstall – reinstall game I have been doing for 20 years  

  68. Anonymous says:

    Waiting on MDSN download page for ultimate version πŸ™‚ August will be awesome πŸ˜€

  69. Rowan Miller says:

    @Vincent – I work on the EF team here at Microsoft. We don't have any public dates just yet. EF7 will have a go-live production ready release at the same time as ASP.NET 5. The ASP.NET 5 team is working on making a schedule public at the moment. Both EF7 and ASP.NET 5 will still be pre-release in Visual Studio 2015 RTM.

  70. S.Somasegar says:

    @deepfat  – You can upgrade directly from VS2015 RC to RTM without the need to uninstall.

  71. Anonymous says:

    The Greatest productivity improvement would be if you finally, after several years, fixed this issue!…/missing-intellisence-data-tip-for-a-datarow-item-in-vs-2012-and-beyond

    That single problem has taken my development back to the stone ages. What used to be a simple hover over some code to get the underlying value of the element has now turned into scrolling through the array, pinning and unpinning, and trying to remember which column name represents which array element number.

    Im sorry I can't share in the excitement.

  72. Moeez Ahmad says:

    Nice to hear the features so far. Let's see what more would it have.

  73. Anonymous says:

    @Mike – We are investigating the hover tip regression and hopefully will have this fixed in the next update of VS2015. Please follow this issue in GitHub to track progress in this investigation. We hope to get you excited soon.

  74. Anonymous says:

    @ Mike – The link to GitHub issue for hover tip is:…/2602

  75. Anonymous says:

    Great to hear. I do like the new features and feel of VS and have no doubt that the 2015 version will be the best yet!

  76. Peter Burke says:

    Hi Somasegar

    I have been a full MSDN subscriber for over 15 years and of course have VS 2013. However I have been using VS 2015 since it came out working on Xamarin Cross-Platform and contributing to MvvMCross on GitHub.

    When I try to test an Android App, the Android Emulator pops up a warning that it will refuse to work in about 5 hours from now. The Preview did the same thing but at that time the RC was ready.

    So now it looks like it is going to die with 9 days to go before the RTM download is up.

    Perhaps you could email me with instructions on how to work around this problem.

  77. John Kemnetz says:

    Hi @Peter–Sorry about that! We issued an update to the emulator yesterday that fixes the expiration issue. You should have received a notification via the VS Notification Hub. You can also install the update from the VS Gallery here:

  78. Anonymous says:

    On my birthday…. thanks guys, can't wait for the release

  79. Anonymous says:

    What is RTM?

  80. Anonymous says:

    where is the download?

  81. dir says:


    I would really love to buy an upgrade to Visual Studio 2015 Professional (without MSDN), but nearly TWO MONTHS after RTM, it's still not possible. Why don't you sell your software? Doesn't the Developer Devision of Microsoft need to generate revenue?

    The full version of Visual Studio 2015 Professional (without MSDN) has finally reached the stores at the beginning of September – 6 weeks after RTM. The upgrade from VS 2013 Professional to 2015 Professional (both without MSDN) is still missing.

    The contact persons at the Microsoft Online Store have no clue why it's missing or when it will be available. No other store is offering upgrade packages.

    When VS 2013 was released in November 13, it was possible to buy the software immediatly after RTM. Why not this time?

    Or do you expect that owners of VS 2013 have to buy the full version of VS 2015 instead of an upgrade?

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