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Microsoft will launch Visual Studio for Mac in November


Microsoft has announced that it is going to launch a Mac version of its cross-platform coding tool, Visual Studio, this month.

15th Nov., 2016, Red Newswire/-

In a bid to keep developers stuck to its platform, Microsoft has announced that it will soon be launching, “a true mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C#,” in the form of Visual Studio for Mac.

Today’s technology is greatly circling around cloud computing and big data analytics. Seeing this, Microsoft seems to want to make sure that developers stick to its platform even when switching between systems. Keeping in mind the heavy competition tools like AWS and Azure are giving Microsoft’s offerings, this seems to be the most logical move.

“They make their money off Azure and other services. In other words, they are making their money mainly off of developers now and its in their best interest to get on the good side of devs which is why they suddenly have a vested interest in open sourcing tools and helping Mac/Linux,”

wrote Hacker News userBoysenberryPi.

The development essentially means that users will no longer have to be stuck on a Windows system to work with one of the best coding environments out there. In fact, the whole user interface and feature set is almost identical on Mac when comparing it with its PC counterparts.

Here’s what the release reads:

At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it’s complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don’t need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.

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