Microsoft officially announces Visual Studio for Mac

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A couple of days back, we reported that Microsoft is releasing Visual Studio for Mac. At Connect developer event today, Microsoft officially announced the Visual Studio for Mac. This new IDE is based on Xamarin Studio, but its UX is inspired by Visual Studio on Windows.

As you expect from a Visual Studio product, its IntelliSense and refactoring use the Roslyn Compiler Platform. And it uses the same debugger engines for Xamarin and .NET Core apps, and the same designers for Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android. For now, it doesn’t support all of the Visual Studio project types, but If you have team members on MacOS and Windows, or switch between the two OSes yourself, you can seamlessly share your projects across platforms. Visual Studio for Mac supports native iOS, Android and Mac development via Xamarin, and server development via .NET Core with Azure integration. It supports C# and F# languages as well.

Visual Studio for Mac is based on the open source MonoDevelop IDE and it has a rich extensibility model. Developers can use to add their own functionality ranging from simple editor commands to entirely new languages and project types.

You can download the preview today here.

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