Visual Studio 2017

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3.0 Preview 3 is now available to download.The latest update is an important one which brings many changes.

In terms of changes, the latest update brings.NET Core and ASP.NET Core improvements, NuGet improvements and Visual Studio IDE improvements. Checkout the full release note below.

What’s New in this Release

.NET Core and ASP.NET Core improvements

  • F# Support: You can use the .NET CLI to create .NET Core console applications and .NET Core /.NET Standard class libraries in F#. These projects will load in this preview release of Visual Studio. We are still working on templates to enable you to create these same projects from within the IDE.
  • .NET Framework and .NET Standard/Core interop: Users can now more seamlessly install or refer to .NET Core/.NET Standard libraries from .NET Framework projects and vice versa. No need to manually add interop NuGet packages – system does this for you automatically.
  • Build: Incremental builds for .NET Core is now turned ON by default.
  • Live Unit Testing: Live Unit Testing now works for .NET Core projects that target multiple Target Frameworks.
  • ASP.NET Core : In addition to IIS Express, we now also support F5 with IIS for ASP.NET Core projects.
  • Support for .NET Core 2.0 and ASP.NET Core 2.0: This preview release of Visual Studio, continues to support creating and running .NET Core 2.0 apps if the 2.0 SDK is installed separately. Latest public preview of .NET Core 2.0 SDK is available for you to download.
    • If you would like to experiment with .NET Core Preview daily builds, you can install the latest daily build of the .NET Core SDK. Choose the appropriate package from the Installers and Binaries table. These daily builds will work with this preview release of Visual Studio.

NuGet improvements

  • NuGet now displays improved warnings and errors when installing packages or adding project-to-project references that are not compatible.
  • NuGet now allows you to suppress specific or all warnings or elevate them to errors via Build properties.

Visual Studio IDE improvements

  • Visual Studio Installer now supports high-DPI scaling at levels less than 150%.
  • In open folder scenarios, you can select your desired debugger via dedicated UI.
  • We’ve stopped sharing certain settings, like tool window layout, between different side by side installations of Visual Studio 2017 by changing location of “CurrentSettings.vssettings” file in “%userprofile%\Documents\Visual Studio 2017\Settings” to an installation specific folder that looks like “%localappdata%\Microsoft\VisualStudio\15.0_xxxxxxxx\Settings”.