Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 Preview is available for download

A big day for the Visual Studio community. Today Microsoft released the preview version of next version of Visual Studio named “Visual Studio 2015”, along with “.NET 4.6 Preview”. It came up with lots of new features and tools for the developers including the open source community.


This release does not come with Go Live license, but if you want to try out it and want to check what’s new in Visual Studio 2015 Preview, follow this post.



Microsoft today released the Visual Studio 2015 Preview, which you can  download from the below link. Along with it, they also released the .NET 4.6 Preview. Though the newest version of the .NET Framework is 4.6, but in Preview the version number still appears in some places as 4.5.3. It will be updated to 4.6 before the final version ships.


Before downloading and installing the said version, please do remember that Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 4.6 Preview are for testing and feedback purposes only. This release is not intended for use on production computers or to create production code. If you want to try it to do some hands-on experience before the final version releases, we recommend you to install it in a virtual machine or on a computer that is available for reformatting.


                                 Download Visual Studio Ultimate 2015 Preview       Download .NET 4.6 Preview


What’s new in Visual Studio 2015 Preview?

Microsoft already published a big post containing what’s new in Visual Studio 2015 Preview. It adds significant value including cross-platform development in C++, the new open-source .NET compiler platform, C++ 11 and C++ 14 support, Apache Cordova tooling, and ASP.NET 5.


Here is a list of new features/improvements you might want to read while your download and installation is in progress:


Don’t wait. Try out the new version today and send your valuable feedbacks to Microsoft and help them to improve your favorite IDE before the final version comes up. You can share feature suggestions on UserVoice, log bugs you find on Microsoft Connect site and send them a smile or frown from inside the IDE.


Let us know, what’s your favorite topic/feature in this release by commenting below. We would love to hear from you.


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  1. Hi Kunal,

    Is there a simple in-place upgrade from VS 14 CTP or does it require a fresh install from iso?


    1. Hi Shubhan,

      You need to install it as a fresh installation. If you have existing installation of VS14 CTP, uninstall it and then install the new version. BTW, you can install VS 2015 side by side with VS 2013. Hope that helps.

  2. I have a problem with the .net 4.6 installation on a Windows 10 machine. Also the windows message title is "Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.3 Preview" (4.5.3 not 4.6)

    1. .NET 4.6 is still in Preview release and Microsoft kept it as 4.5.3. In final release, you will see it as .NET 4.6

  3. there is any new function added in c# related to string??

  4. Hi Kunal, Thanks for your post, it really helps. I would like to create toolbar using Visual Studio and I can achieve for Internet Explorer by downloading Add in Express for IE (https://www.add-in-express.com/downloads/adxnet-ie.php) But how about other browsers? Chrome, Mozila etc... Any feature available for same in VS 2015?

  5. How can I download Windows 10 Preview ? and install it in Hyper-V virtual machine ?

    How can I download VS 2015 and .NET 4.6 Preview and install it in Windows 10 Preview?


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