Visual Studio 2019: Release time frames, new features and enhancements planned

The next version of Visual Studio, i.e. Visual Studio 2019 will be committed towards faster execution, more productive for developers to perform their tasks; be it be refactoring, debugging and/or faster build process. It will also give more focus on real time collaborations between team members using the capabilities like Live Share.


Visual Studio 2019 Preview can be installed side-by-side with Visual Studio 2017 and will not require any major upgrade of the Operating System. Bookmark this page to know the release date of Visual Studio 2019 and to get the link to download it. Stay tuned!


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Visual Studio 2019 Release Date

According to a recent post (Visual Studio Roadmap Updates and Visual Studio 2019 Information), published by Microsoft, they have planned to release Visual Studio 2019 in the first half of 2019. Microsoft already released Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1 on 4th December 2018, which you can download and get your hands dirty with the features expected to release in the final version.


Visual Studio 2019 Release Date: Microsoft to launch Visual Studio 2019 on 2nd April 2019


How to download Visual Studio 2019?

Bookmark this page to get know when 'Visual Studio 2019 Preview' is going to be available and to know how to download it.


04 Dec 2018 --- Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1 is now available for download

10 Dec 2018 --- Visual Studio 2019 Preview 1.1 Servicing Update is now available for download

23 Jan 2019 --- Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2 is now available for download

31 Jan 2019 --- Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2.1 Servicing Update is now available for download

05 Feb 2019 --- Visual Studio 2019 Preview 2.2 Servicing Update is now available for download

14 Feb 2019 --- Visual Studio 2019 Preview 3 is now available for download


What are the new features/enhancements planned for Visual Studio 2019?

  • Quickly open code you recently worked on or start from one of the most commonly used flows like clone, open, or new project.
  • Create new projects with an improved search experience and filters using the new list of most popular templates.
  • Refreshed blue theme.
  • Updated menu and title bar to increase space for code.
  • Improved search accuracy for menus, commands, options, and installable components.
  • Configure specific projects that load when a solution is opened.
  • Checkout and review a pull request inside the IDE.
  • Visual health status icon in the document scrollbar to indicate the presence of and provide quick navigation to issues, warnings, and errors in current document.
  • One-click code cleanup command for documents, projects and solutions.
  • New extensibility templates for creating Async Tool Windows.
  • VSIX Manifest attribute to mark an extension as "Preview".
  • VSIX Project Templates use to declare NuGet dependencies.
  • Reduced Xamarin installation payload size.
  • New in-product acquisition flow for Android emulator.
  • Xamarin.Forms XAML property editor.
  • Xamarin.Android Designer improvements with support for sample data.
  • Support for find all references in Razor (.cshtml) files.
  • Use Visual Studio with improved clarity across monitors with varying DPIs.
  • Move some services to the background so solutions load faster.
  • Visual Studio tooling (e.g. XAML and WinForms Designers, app publishing tools) for WinForms and WPF development with .NET Core 3.
  • Xamarin.Forms 4.0 templates and tooling support.
  • Xamarin.Android Designer improvements with initial support for constraint layouts.
  • Xamarin.Forms Previewer improvements.
  • Enhanced Fast Deployment for Xamarin.Android.
  • Android API 29 Support.
  • Updated Test Explorer that provides better performance for large numbers of tests, and enhanced grouping and sorting capabilities.
  • Full featured debugging, interactive window, and IntelliSense experience when using Open Folder with Python.
  • Debugging Python Flask and Django apps with auto-reload enabled.
  • Ability to add SQL Azure databases, Storage Accounts, Application Insights, and Key Vaults to existing Azure App Service instances from the publish summary page.
  • Support for running .NET Unit Tests against projects that target multiple .NET frameworks (e.g. .NET Framework and .NET Core).
  • Basic x:bind support for XAML edit and continue.