Microsoft Announces General Availability of Visual Studio for Mac

Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2017 for Mac following preview

If you're familiar with Xamarin development today, you know that you can use Visual Studio to create mobile apps that run natively on Windows, Android, and iOS. Developers can now use Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE) across Windows and Mac to build for the cloud, mobile, and the web.

Microsoft further notes that if developers download Visual Studio for Mac by May 17, they'll get 60-day access to Xamarin University. Behind the scenes, the Live Player includes an interpreter for.NET code. Developing for iOS, however, requires a Mac. The application will be deployed in seconds to the Live Player app, enabling developers to quickly develop and test their changes without having to recompile and redeploy your application.

Visual Studio for Mac is designed as a native macOS app, and is made available in three different versions, namely Visual Studio Community for Mac, Visual Studio Professional for Mac and Visual Studio Enterprise for Mac. Prior to this release, for developers to debug an iOS app built with Microsoft's Visual Studio services, they would need their Windows PC to be on the same Wi-Fi network as a Mac with the Xcode integrated development environment (IDE). The release corresponds with the kick off of Microsoft's Build 2017 developer conference this week. But Xamarin lets developers write an application one time and port it to multiple OSes, including iOS, Google Android, Windows and macOS.

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With Xamarin Live Player, developers will be able to do everything from their Windows-based PC: Just connect your Android device, iPhone, or iPad to the PC via USB and you can target those devices directly during development. Both a traditional development cycle (write, compile, run, debug) or live mode, where the code is automatically recompiled and reloaded on a per-view basis continuously, are supported.

And yes, before you ask, the Live Player team has talked with Apple, and Live Player has been approved for distribution in the App Store.

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