It took a while, but now it looks like the time has come for Microsoft to move many of its applications to 64-bit. A few days ago we were talking about the new 64-bit OneDrive app and now Visual Studio 2022 is coming.
Visual Studio 2022, the first 64-bit version
Microsoft is preparing a first preview of the next version of Visual Studio, called Visual Studio 2022, for “this summer”. And the next version is rumored to be 64-bit.
Microsoft employees already pointed out some of the upcoming features and release plans for Visual Studio 2022 on April 19 in a blog post. It has been indicated that the first release which will arrive this summer will only include some of the features of the next release. Others will appear in future updates. The preview will include some of the user interface improvements and accessibility improvements.
In addition to upgrading to 64-bit, which Microsoft engineers believe will reduce component memory usage and optimize Visual Studio’s current 32-bit design, the Visual Studio 2022 release will include:
Performance improvements in the main debugger Support for .NET 6, which can be used to build web apps, clients, and mobile apps by Windows and Mac developers, as well as improved support for web development. ‘Azure Applications An updated user interface designed to reduce complexity and add integration with Accessibility Insights. Microsoft will update icons and add support for Cascadia Code, a new fixed-width font for better readability Support for C ++ 20 tools, language standardization and Intellisense Text chat integration into the live collaboration feature
Microsoft engineers also said they plan to update Visual Studio for Mac by moving it to the native macOS user interface.
From Microsoft, they didn’t say when they expected the final version of VS2022 to ship. Despite the 2022 designation, the product could arrive later this year and it should not be assumed that it will arrive imminently.