Microsoft has officially launched Visual Studio 2022. Developers will benefit from features to code faster and easier, as well as a performance boost by going fully 64-bit.
Launched earlier this week, Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2022 IDE brings several benefits for developers. The first and not least is the switch to 64 bits, thus granting significant gains in project loading and compilation. The latest iteration of the development environment has a strong focus on developer productivity and support.
Moving to 64-bit means leveraging modern hardware more efficiently to accommodate larger, more complex projects. Additionally, Microsoft has focused on improving the performance of common scenarios. Additionally, the company launched Intellicode, an experimental AI-assisted development feature set that complements Visual Studio, allowing developers to type less and code more. The function can complete entire lines of code. This is reminiscent of Copilot from GitHub (owned by Microsoft) or CodeT5 from Salesforce.
Intellicode, an AI to help code faster
Also in developer productivity tools, the Hot Reload for .NET and C++ feature updates running code and immediately sees the results of changes. Other solutions make it easier to debug the inner loop. They see in detail the command line and parent-child processes in tree view. A new “Select running window on desktop” option has been added to the “Attach to process” dialog. Efforts have also been made on Visual Basic, Microsoft’s object-oriented language, by acquiring new features such as navigation by Subword sub-section, intended to make coding more fluid. Among other developments, Cascadia font and icons have been added, as well as the renovation of a project designer for WebForms, powered by Web Live Preview.
Along with Visual Studio 2022, Microsoft shipped the .NET 6 software development platform, which is also available for download. With Visual Studio 2022, Microsoft has made sure to provide a smooth upgrade experience that requires no code changes. Developers can still build 32-bit apps and all existing apps in the latest IDE. The firm also delivered the first preview of Visual Studio 2022 17.1. It promises regular updates to Visual Studio, both to fix bugs and to enrich the IDE with features.