Microsoft Officially Launches 'Visual Studio for Mac' With Cross-Platform App Coding

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    After spending months in preview, Microsoft today is officially launching its Visual Studio coding platform for the Mac (via VentureBeat). Visual Studio allows developers to code applications using Microsoft's integrated development environment (IDE) on Apple's macOS platform, which they can sync across both Windows and Mac devices.

    Thanks to integration with Xamarin, a cross-platform software development company that Microsoft acquired last year, Visual Studio encourages macOS and iOS developers "to use Microsoft's development tools, since they will no longer need a Windows computer or virtual machine to do so." Xamarin Studio is expected to eventually close for good following a full integration into Microsoft.

    Visual Studio has been designed natively for macOS, according to Microsoft, letting developers manage their code hosted by any provider, including GitHub and Visual Studio Team Services. Developers can build, connect, and tune native mobile apps for iOS, macOS, and Android while also having the ability to create web applications thanks to support for ASP.NET Core. In terms of programming languages, the C# and F# languages are supported.

    There are three different versions of Visual Studio for Mac that users can download, including Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise. Microsoft markets Community as its free, but "fully-featured," IDE for students and individual developers. Professional targets small teams with subscription benefits, while more "demanding" users and projects with larger scale are suggested to look into Enterprise.

    For its cloud subscriptions, there are yearly and monthly options available to users interested in the higher-tier Visual Studio plans. An annual subscription to Visual Studio Professional costs $539/year while a monthly subscription costs $45/month. For Visual Studio Enterprise, users will pay $2,999/year or $250/month. Subscribers will be able to earn small credits back each month for the yearly tiers, contingent on their use of different Azure services.

    For a detailed breakdown of the differences between each Visual Studio subscription, including individual licenses, check out the app's new website.

    Article Link: Microsoft Officially Launches 'Visual Studio for Mac' With Cross-Platform App Coding
  2. Sammio2 macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2008
    Basingstoke, UK
  3. konqerror macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2013
  4. jumanji macrumors regular

    Sep 12, 2003
    Austin, TX
    wow. i know this is primarily a mac board and yes, I'm a huge mac fan but that is actually big news.
  5. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  6. danR2 macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2016
    Finally, something almost as easy as the return of HyperCard.
  7. groovyd, May 10, 2017
    Last edited: May 10, 2017

    groovyd Suspended


    Jun 24, 2013
    currently use VS on win to develop unity apps across web, android, and ios. wanted to do some dev on my mac at home but would prefer to use a dev env and editor same like what i use at work if possible... will download the community edition and see how it goes. Does it support the same plug-ins as the win version? Need the Unity plug-in and resharper.

    update: launches incredibly slowly and i don't see any plugins for unity or resharper. the default empty project they created for cross platform dev when i try running it doesn't seem to work either.
  8. danR2 macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2016
    XCode is certainly not for amateurs.

    I think ordinary users will be able to put together some really useful personal utility apps after a week or two with this SDK. I understand the Community Edition is free.
  9. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  10. danR2 macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2016
    C++ is mentioned on the site, if I understand the footnotes.
  11. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Visual Studio, at least on Windows, is a first rate product, and C# is, in my opinion, one of the best languages out there bar-none.

    Very excited to see it ported to Mac.
  12. Smith288 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2008
    I use VS on my Mac and it's pretty nice but it's still missing some habit formed features that was on the PC so I expect to see those slowly bridging those gaps.
  13. alex2792 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2009
  14. sza Suspended

    Dec 21, 2010
    .Net Core is missing the UI Tookit. Once Microsoft adds it, .Net will become standard cross platform application dev framework. You can now even run SQL Server on Unix/Linux. Microsoft is pushing hard toward the correct direction. Good job!
  15. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    It is not in the .NET Core Guide.
  16. danR2 macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2016
    I think I was looking at the Windows version.

    2.Windows Desktop, Universal Windows Apps, Web (ASP.NET), Office 365, Business Applications, Apache Cordova, Azure Stack, C++ Cross-Platform Library Development, Python, Node.js, .NET Core, Docker Tools
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    OK, folks, wait a week. Installation keeps quitting. This never happened to me with Xcode or Swift.

    This is Microsoft, after all. Sigh...
  17. bladerunner2000 macrumors 68020


    Jun 12, 2015
    What the hell is up with that? Every MS application released for Mac OS has had this embarrassing problem.
  18. danR2 macrumors newbie


    Mar 30, 2016
    Mine isn't launching at all. It isn't even installing. Hell, even the installer quits.
  19. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601


    Jul 4, 2015
    Potential for gaming development, if macOS gets the hardware and API performance to match.
  20. LogicalVue macrumors member


    Aug 28, 2007
    USA (Maine)
    Another option if you want to also make cross-platform desktop apps with a UI is Xojo. It makes native apps for MacOS, Windows, Linux, Raspberry Pi, web and iOS.
  21. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Someday I should probably start using VS instead of MonoDevelop for working on Unity projects...

    Just... MonoDevelop comes with Unity and VS doesn't...
  22. punchwalk macrumors regular

    May 16, 2010
    Maryland, USA
    This is generally sound advice when it comes to Microsoft product launches. Better yet, wait a month. That's about how long it took Microsoft to fix the most glaring problems that appeared in VS2017's initial RTM.
  23. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    It needs:

    - C++/CLI, including mixed and native modes.
    - OpenGL
    - Vulkan
    - OpenCL
  24. LorinT macrumors newbie


    Apr 20, 2016
    Love that this is happening. Scott is an amazing asset to Microsoft. Not a fan of anything else they've been up to lately, just SQL on Linux and further refinement of the .NET environment, both of which Scott is directly involved with.

    Congratulations on bringing C# to more people in the world!

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