Visual Studio “15” Preview 4

Today we released Visual Studio “15” Preview 4, introducing many new improvements and bug fixes that bring us one stage closer to the product’s completion. The highlight of this release is that nearly all of VS is running on the new setup engine, resulting in a smaller, faster and less impactful installation. The smallest install… Read more

Visual Studio “15” Preview 2

Last month, we released our first preview of the next version of Visual Studio. After listening to your feedback, we have fixed issues and improved experiences in this preview. Download Visual Studio “15” Preview 2 to get the latest. This is still a Preview and is unsupported, so please refrain from installing it on your production environments…. Read more

Anatomy of a Low Impact Visual Studio Install

At //build 2016, Microsoft announced the first public preview of a quick way to get Visual Studio “15” Preview. We’ve previously shared posts about what we’re building and why: Faster, Leaner Visual Studio Installer Visual Studio “15”: Installing just what you need In building faster ways of getting VS, we needed to reduce the size… Read more

Visual Studio “15”: Installing Just What You Need

Over the past year, we’ve had the opportunity to chat with hundreds of you (developers), from those who use Visual Studio every day to those who have never used it. We observed how you setup your development environments and how they evolve and change over time. We learned that you spend a significant amount of… Read more


Let’s talk about the all-caps menus. When we shared the RC design preview with you, we expected the uppercase menu would generate mixed feedback and emotions. We had seen similar reactions from early adopters and from our own internal users prior to posting about it. Rest assured that we’ve heard you, and we’ve been thinking… Read more

Setup Improvements for Visual Studio

Setup is the first experience most of us have of Visual Studio, and in the Visual Studio 2012 we’ve made significant investments in improving your experience. Many of you have already told us you like our new setup user interface (thank you!). We have also been investing in ratcheting up the speed at which we… Read more

Visual Studio 2012 RC Available Now!

Today, we’re excited to announce that Visual Studio 2012 RC is now available for download on our Visual Studio product website. Since the release of Beta, we’ve been hard at work making final touches, addressing top customer feedback from Beta, and improving performance across the IDE. Take an in-depth look at what’s new in the Release… Read more

Visual Studio 11 Performance: Improvements in Typing and Editing Responsiveness

After the beta release, we published several posts on the performance improvements in Visual Studio 11. Since the beta release, we have made a number of additional enhancements, continuing our quest to improve the performance of Visual Studio. The performance work done between beta and the upcoming RC was substantial and covered many aspects of… Read more

Visual Studio 11 User Interface Updates Coming in RC

With the release of Visual Studio 11 Beta back in February of this year, we introduced changes to the user experience based on two core design principles, the first being to give you more space for your content and the second being to draw more focus to that content. Since the debut of these changes… Read more