Visual Studio Preview

Last Update: 3/16/2017

Download: Visual Studio Enterprise Preview


This release is not "go-live" and not intended for use on production computers or for creating production code.

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Release History

Known Issues

The known issues in this release are listed below.

Release Date: March 16, 2017 (build 26315.00)

Summary of Updates in this Release

What's New in this Release

Team Explorer standalone install

Visual Studio Team Explorer 2017 is a rich, standalone client for accessing Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services and is free for any user. This install only includes Team Explorer so you can you access version control and work item tracking without other IDE components.

team explorer

Tools for Universal Windows App Development

The Universal Windows App workload now includes a pre-release Creators Update SDK, allowing you to start building apps for the Windows 10 Creators Update. These apps cannot be published to the Windows Store until the Creators Update has been released and you have rebuilt the apps using the final SDK and Tools for UWP. In addition, this release includes the following enhancements:

  • Starting with the Creators Update SDK, the Windows 10 SDK will install side by side, allowing you to use a single machine to build production-ready apps that target the released version of the SDK as well as begin testing new OS features delivered by a Preview Windows SDK.
  • NuGet package management has been improved by using PackageReference to replace package.config and package.json.
  • An enhanced .NET Native Compiler that is now delivered as a NuGet package.
  • Visual Studio includes improved tooling support for XAML controls that are delivered as NuGet packages.
  • IntelliSense in the XAML editor now highlights XAML types and properties that are not supported in the version of the SDK that your app is targeting.

For more information, see Creators Update SDK support in Visual Studio 2017.

Release Date: March 7, 2017 (build 26304.00)

Summary of Updates in this Release

What's New in this Release

Python development workload

The Python development workload in Visual Studio is designed to maximize your productivity in Python. Improved IntelliSense, web development projects, git, and VSTS integration save you time and effort on everyday tasks. Use world class debugging (local, remote, cross-platform, and Python/native) and profiling tools to improve the quality and performance of your Python code.

Manage your Preview installation

Should you decide that you no longer want to use Preview, you should first uninstall any Preview products you have installed. Then, locate the 'X' under the Available products section (for Preview), to remove the Preview products.

Known Issues

Here are the known issues and available workarounds specific to this Preview release. For known issues in Visual Studio 2017, which will also affect this release, see Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes

Installation Issues

Uninstalling Visual Studio 2017 Preview causes UWP build errors in Visual Studio 2017

  • Issue:

    If you have a machine with both Visual Studio 2017 and Visual Studio 2017 Preview, and then uninstall Visual Studio 2017 Preview, you will receive the following error when building a UWP app using the Windows 10 SDK (version 1607):

    • Cannot resolve 'GenXbf.dll' under path 'C:\Program Files\Windows Kits\10'. Please install the Windows Software Development Kit. The Windows 10 SDK is installed with Visual Studio.
  • Workaround:

    Open the Control Panel, and go to Programs and Features. Select "Windows Software Development Kit - Windows 10.0.10586.212" and click Repair.

Debugging and Diagnostics Issues

Remote Tools for Visual Studio 2017 Preview are not available

Python Issues

Javascript not available in Django projects

  • Issue:

    When editing an HTML file in a Django project, there are no completions or tooltips for code in Javascript blocks.

  • Workaround:

    Closing the project and opening the file separately will enable Javascript, but disable Django support.

Unit tests may not be discovered for Python projects

  • Issue:

    Unit tests in Python projects may not be discovered and displayed in Test Explorer.

  • Workaround:

    There is no workaround for this issue. However, the issue is intermittent and closing/reopening the project may cause it to work. This issue will be resolved in a later update.

Localized EULAs are not refreshed with the updated content

  • Issue:

    The localized EULAs (non English) linked from localized versions of the preview product do not contain the latest EULA information.

  • Workaround:

    1. For now, please refer to the English EULA at the following location: English EULA.
    2. Localized EULAs with updated content will be available by 3/17/17.