The expanding Visual Studio family of products

The core of our vision is “Any Developer, Any App, Any Platform.” With our Visual Studio family of products, we are committed to bringing you the most powerful and productive development tools and services for any developer to build mobile-first and cloud-first apps across Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux.

Our existing Visual Studio family of products includes the most comprehensive set of development and application lifecycle tools on the market today. An industry leading IDE, a lightweight code editor – Visual Studio Code, and an on-premises and cloud-based team collaboration services with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services. In addition, we offer a free developer program with Visual Studio Dev Essentials and a commercial program with Visual Studio Subscriptions.

Today, at the Connect(); 2016 event in New York city, we announced the release candidate of Visual Studio 2017 and Team Foundation Server 2017 RTM. I am also excited to see our Visual Studio family continue to grow with the introduction of Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Mobile Center.

Visual Studio 2017 RC focuses on improved productivity, refined fundamentals (performance improvements across all areas in VS 2017), streamlined cloud development, and great mobile development. To learn more, read the details in John Montgomery’s post announcing Visual Studio 2017 RC. The download is available here.

Visual Studio for Mac is a new Visual Studio IDE. It’s built from the ground up for the Mac and focuses on full-stack, client-to-cloud native mobile development, using Xamarin for Visual Studio, ASP.Net Core, and Azure. To learn more, read Miguel de Icaza’s blog post introducing Visual Studio for Mac. The download is available from here.

Visual Studio Mobile Center is “mission control for mobile apps.” It brings together multiple services commonly used by mobile developers into a single, integrated service that allows you to build, test, deploy, and monitor cloud attached apps in one place. To learn more, please read Nat Friedman’s blog post elaborating on Visual Studio Mobile Center.

Team Foundation Server 2017 RTM and Visual Studio Team Services is bringing general availability to Application Insights, Package Management service, Code Search, and 3rd party commerce to on-premises extensions. To learn more, please read Brian Harry’s blog post. Get started here.

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Julia Liuson, Corporate Vice President, Visual StudioJulia is responsible for developer tools and services, including the programming languages and runtimes designed for a broad base of software developers and development teams, as well as for the Visual Studio, Visual Studio Code, and the .NET Framework lines of products and services. Julia joined Microsoft in 1992, and has held a variety of technical and management positions while at Microsoft, including the General Manager for Visual Studio Business Applications, the General Manager for Server and Tools in Shanghai, and the development manager for Visual Basic.