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Microsoft releases Visual Studio 2022 version 17.2 Preview 3. The latest preview build doesn't include any highlightable feature but adds quite a few improvements across installer, editor, C++, Git Tooling, and Test Tools. For the entire list of changes and improvements, continue reading further. Do note that, the Preview Channel does not come with a "go-live" license, and hence, it is not intended for use on production computers or for creating production code.


Visual Studio 2022 v17.2 Preview 3 improves Git Tooling


What's new and improved in Visual Studio 2022 v17.2 Preview 3


For 17.2, Preview 3, we fixed an issue preventing customers from installing Visual Studio due to a GPO policy setting in the system registry. Visual Studio will now function the same way that WebView2 functions with regard to this installation.


For 17.2 Preview 3, we have added a brand new global search experience to search for both code/symbols in your solution and features in Visual Studio that merges VS Search (Ctrl + Q) and Go To All (Ctrl + T). The new experience features a lightweight and dismissable UI, real-time symbol searching, nearly instant response times, powerful filtering mechanisms for files/types/members, and more! You can enable it Tools > Options > Environment > Preview Features > "New Visual Studio Search experience".


In 17.1 we introduced peripheral register and rtos views for embedded developers. We are continuing to improve the capabilities of those views with usability improvements in 17.2. Users can now click a pin icon next to peripherals, registers, or fields to pin them to the top of the Peripheral View.

Release notes on experimental C++20 modules support for CMake projects and deducing this support in the compiler were missed from the Preview 2 release notes. See below for details.

Git Tooling

Enhanced line staging experience by allowing stage line adornment to work in different diff modes (side by side, inline, left, right view).

Stage and Undo commands in the peek toolbar now operate on the target hunk.

Added the ability to enable Git commit-graph for better history and Git operations performance.

Test tools

You can now use a faster code coverage window with more flexible columns to organize and save your view. You can enable the code coverage experience improvements in Tools > Options > Environment > Preview Features.


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