Saturday, January 24, 2015

Visual Studio 2015 First Look

When you first install Visual Studio 2015, you will notice that the options for installation are much, much different than the installation options for Visual Studio 2013 today:

Most notably, you will see a greater emphasis on mobile development with the inclusion of the Tools for Apache Cordova as well as the inclusion of the Android Development tools and Android SDK.  Even more amazing is the inclusion of the Java SE Development Kit!!

Microsoft is definitely taking a much different tactic with this release of Visual Studio than they ever have with past releases of Visual Studio.

When you open the NuGet Package Manager, you will see it has a completely different look and feel than previous releases of Visual Studio:

Interestingly enough, the Extensions and Updates dialog has not received a similar face lift:

The Visual Studio Tooltip Help is significantly improved from prior releases:

Even more exciting are the Diagnostic Tools that immediately display while starting a Debugging session:

All in all, the new version of Visual Studio is turning out to be one of the most exciting releases in recent years and I am anxiously awaiting the RTM release of this brand new IDE!!

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