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Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017 for Mac following preview


By submitting your personal information, you agree that TechTarget and its partners may contact you regarding relevant content, products and special offers. Today, alpha releases of Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin and Visual Studio for Mac were announced which bring preview support for Xamarin Live Player apps. ASP.NET Core 2.0 Preview gains performance enhancements and Razor Pages, a syntax for combining HTML and server code. Visual Studio for Mac is a different codebase from Visual Studio on Windows, but the two products share things like the compiler and build infrastructure, enabling projects to be shared and co-developed between Mac and PC with no conversion or other hurdles to contend with. It lets you develop iOS apps on Windows-without a Mac-for the first time. Here is a much closer look at Visual Studio.

SEATTLE-With the Xamarin tooling built in to Visual Studio, iOS and Android developers can already use a PC for a big part of their dev process by using the Visual Studio IDE for writing their code.

The native development support for Android, iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS comes through Xamarin, Microsoft notes, which the software giant purchased over a year ago to beef up its position in the mobile market.

Scott Hanselman, a principal program manager at Microsoft, delivered the news during a demonstration of how developers can use the company's integrated development environment (IDE) offerings and its Azure cloud resources, including the new browser-based Azure Cloud Shell command line interface within the Azure Portal, to build and publish applications to the cloud.


Microsoft made a preview of Visual Studio for Mac available in November 2016.

"That's one of the reasons we will pick up Xamarin", Cummings said.

Xamarin Live Player allows developers to simply download an Android or iOS app and start coding.

To enable this new functionality, developers have to install the Xamarin Live Player app on their iOS device and then pair it to their PC by scanning a QR code on their screen.

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