Today during the Connect(); 2016 event we announced the availability of the release candidate of the next version of Visual Studio, Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate. Thank you to those who tried out the pre-builds and previews and provided feedback. Your feedback always plays an important role in the successful release of Visual Studio.

This release has many productivity features and performance updates as well as improvements to the mobile- and cloud-development experiences. Of course I can’t cover everything in this blog post, so please do take a look at the Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes and Known Issues, Visual Studio 2017 RC FAQ, and also check out the Visual Studio 2017 RC Page on

Before we get into the details of Visual Studio 2017 RC, I want to call attention to a couple of other key announcements: Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio Mobile Center. Visual Studio for the Mac is built from the ground up for the Mac and focused on full-stack, client-to-cloud native mobile development, using Xamarin for Visual Studio, ASP.NET Core, and Azure. To learn more, please read Miguel de Icaza’s blog post introducing Visual Studio for Mac. 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 post elaborating on Visual Studio Mobile Center...


Read more: Visual Studio 2017 Release Candidate | The Visual Studio Blog

See also: Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes