In this article, you will find information regarding the newest releases for Visual Studio 2017 (version 15.2). Click the button to download.
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Issues Fixed in this Release
This is the customer-reported issue addressed in this version:
- The v15.2 dark color theme fails to load after F# component in .NET workload is installed.
Summary of Updates in this Release
- Maximize your productivity with the newly enhanced Python development workload.
- Install the Data Science and analytical applications workload for all of your data analysis needs.
- ReSharper 2017.1 now works with solutions that are loaded in a lightweight mode.
- With Xamarin 4.5, we have redesigned our Property pages and Manifest editors with a simplier, more user-friendly UI.
- Install Unity 5.6 with the Game Development with Unity workload to develop games and interactive content.
- You can now use multiple side-by-side versions of the TypeScript compiler.
- Multiple F# tools improvements.
- Linux C++ now enables improved type visualization during debugging.
- CMake integration now supports CMake 3.7.2.
- You now have the ability to configure the Diagnostic Tools window to automatically stop operation when limits are exceeded.
- You can now change the location of where packages are cached or even disable caching of packages during install, modify, or repair.
- Your Visual Studio Installer will now only display Visual Studio offerings based on your current configuration.
Top Issues Fixed in this Release
The Developer Community spoke and we listened. This list provides the issues that received your highest votes and were fixed in this release.
Bring back the solutions list in Team Explorer.
GUIDGen.exe is not a valid executable.
“Scanning new and updated MEF components" runs every time Visual Studio 2017 launches.
Visual Studio hangs when downloading the latest versions of TFS folders.
"A restart is required" message continues to display after rebooting.
How to find installed instances of Visual Studio.
What's New in this Release
We have enhanced the Python development workload in Visual Studio to maximize your productivity in Python. We offer improved IntelliSense, web development projects, Git, and VSTS integration to 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.
Visit our Python information page for full details and documentation.
With one click you can install the Data Science and analytical applications workload for all of your data analysis needs. We've included support for Python, R, F#, and their respective packages/distros to enable acquisition, analysis, and visualization of data all the way through to building and deploying machine learning models.
Resharper now works with solutions that are loaded in a lightweight mode, right from Visual Studio 2017. For more information and a video on how this works, see the JetBrains blog post.
We've reorganized and simplified the Property Pages in Xamarin 4.5 and split the Manifest editors. You can keep editing csproj options from the Property Pages, and manifest options from the manifest editor. We have simplified and reorganized our Property Page to support high-DPI displays.
Visit the Xamarin release notes for full details.
With the Game Development with Unity workload you can now install Unity 5.6 to build multiplatform 2D and 3D games and interactive content. Visit the Visual Studio Tools for Unity page for more information about how you can turn Visual Studio into a Unity development environment.
The version of TypeScript used by IntelliSense and by the build will be the latest installed. You can change the version used by IntelliSense, by using the setting shown in (Figure 1). To change the TypeScript version used for building a project, set the MSBuild property
<TypeScriptToolsVersions> in the project file. For more information on MSBuild properties, see the TypeScript Handbook.
We've made improvements to the Linux C++ workload to support debugger type visualization for both natvis and Python pretty printing. You can now use Linux C++ projects with Shared Items projects for cross-platform code sharing. For more information, see the Visual C++ Team blog post.
The updated CMake menu is based on your feedback. For more information see the CMake 3.7.2 release page.
Long running debugger sessions were using a lot of memory or disk space. The Diagnostic Tools window will now automatically stop operation when limits are exceeded. You can configure the limits by selecting the Settings command from the menu in the Diagnostic Tools window. This new feature is available due to feedback from customers that ran their debugger overnight. The Diagnostic Tools window shuts down, however, the debugger itself (breakpoints, callstack, etc) is not affected.
When you install Visual Studio 2017 by using the command line,
you can pass
--cache to enable the caching policy (default) for the install and subsequent install, modify, and repair operations; or you can pass
--nocache to disable the policy
which will prevent packages from being cached and remove any packages already cached for the current instance.
You can now change the policy through the registry and group policy. See our setup blog for more information.
- Basic autocomplete support.
- Ability to Go to Definition when clicking in the tooltip.
- Mutable values colorized, and other semantic colorization improvements.
- Project system performance improvements.
- Large performance improvements all-up.
- Move Up/Move Down on Solution folder nodes.
- Intelligent ordering in Completion lists.
The Visual Studio Installer will Display Visual Studio Offerings Based on your Current Configuration
- If you have Visual Studio 2017 Enterprise installed on your machine, you will only see Enterprise offerings.
- If you have Visual Studio 2017 Professional, you will see both Professional and Enterprise offerings.
- If you have Visual Studio 2017 Community, you will see Community, Professional, and Enterprise offerings.
See all existing known issues and available workarounds in Visual Studio 2017.