Visual Studio 2016? Microsoft Privately Previews Next Version

The next version of Visual Studio, codenamed “Visual Studio 15” (not to be confused with Visual Studio 2015), is currently being tested and privately previewed. More than likely it will eventually be called “Visual Studio 2016”. Perhaps it will be publicly revealed at Microsoft’s upcoming Build conference, which starts on March 30th.

Twitter user Walking Cat (@h0x0d) has recently been tweeting some screenshots and other information about the upcoming version. Here is what the installer icon looks like (slightly Xamarin-ish, no?):

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Walking Cat also gave us this look at the “new lightweight installation experience”:

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According to Walking Cat, the setup is a Node app! It looks like there will be options for things like the core editor (syntax-aware code editor, managed/native debugging, source control, etc.), .NET desktop development (WPF, Windows Forms, console applications), and game development (Unity). This approach provides a clean way of allowing us to pick and choose what we need.

According to Mary Jo Foley, a new feature called “AnyCode” will be included, which will allow us to work with code even without Visual Studio project and solution (csproj/sln) files. We can expect Visual Studio 2016 to include TypeScript 1.8, NuGet 3.4, and support for SQL Server 2016.

I’m looking forward to seeing more and working with a preview!

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