In Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 1, Microsoft is showing the planned innovations for the macOS version of the development environment. The focus is on the new development of the UI as a native macOS UI, which should fix bugs and enable better operation.
Due to this major change, a private preview started first. Over the past few months, a good 4,000 developers have given feedback, helping to resolve over 100 issues, so that the first public preview is now available.
The change to the native macOS UI should benefit the user experience and better support features for easier operation. The performance and stability of the IDE should also benefit from this, for example by fixing UI bugs and reducing crashes. A revised light and dark theme are also on board.
.NET 6, C # 10 and Xamarin
Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 1 works with the first release candidate for .NET 6 and can therefore handle .NET 6 and the upcoming programming language version C # 10.
In addition, Visual Studio for Mac will continue to support web and cloud development with .NET Core 3.1 and higher, mobile development with Xamarin Traditional – also known as Xamarin.Native and consisting of Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android – and game development with Enable Unity.
The support for .NET Multi-platform App UI (MAUI) is due to the postponement to the second quarter of 2022 in Visual Studio 2022 for Mac Preview 1 is still very limited and new features are not expected until the beginning of the year. Other planned features such as an expansion of the Git connection can be found in the roadmap.
Visual Studio for Mac, first published in 2017, is not a port of Visual Studio developed for Windows, despite the name. Instead, the IDE is based on Xamarin Studio, which in turn is based on the open source IDE MonoDevelop.
More information about the first preview of the new major version offers the Visual Studio blog.