Microsoft's Visual Studio going cross-platform with Mac preview release

Visual Studio, Microsoft's integrated development environment (IDE), will soon be available for the Mac. The company will roll out a preview version of Visual Studio for Mac at its Connect(); conference later this week. This version of the IDE focuses on developing Mac, iOS, and Android apps using the C# language, and puts an emphasis on building for multiple platforms.

From Microsoft's (now-cached) blog post:

The primary workloads supported by Visual Studio for Mac are native iOS, Android and Mac development via Xamarin, and server development via .NET Core with Azure integration. It gives you all the tools you need to develop the rich, native mobile app experiences that users expect today, and the cloud-based server back ends to power them.

The preview release of Visual Studio for Mac is just Microsoft's latest cross-platform move for developers. The company released Visual Studio Code, a cross-platform source code editor, for macOS (then OS X) and other platforms in 2015.

Joseph Keller

Joseph Keller is the former Editor in Chief of iMore. An Apple user for almost 20 years, he spends his time learning the ins and outs of iOS and macOS, always finding ways of getting the most out of his iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, and Mac.

2 Comments
  • If I ever had to program for Windows, it's would be nice if I could still use my Mac.
  • You can. Install Windows in Boot Camp or in Parallels. You don't need a Windows PC to run Visual Studio. You just use your Mac. It's actually the opposite that is most problematic (Windows 8.1/10 Pro can run VMs natively via Hyper-V, but macOS license restrictions prohibit that).