Microsoft let the cat out of the bag today: the software giant will launch a preview of Visual Studio for Mac at this week’s Connect conference.
The company posted and then pulled a MSDN Magazine article announcing the software development tool will soon be compatible with Macs.
“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,” reads the blog post.
“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.”
The blog post went on to say that “compatibility is a key focus of Visual Studio for Mac. Although it’s a new product and doesn’t support all of the Visual Studio project types, for those it does have in common it uses the same MSBuild solution and project format. If you have team members on macOS and Windows, or switch between the two OSes yourself, you can seamlessly share your projects across platforms. There’s no need for any conversion or migration.”
Until recently, such a crossover would be unheard of. But, under CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has changed its focus to be inclusive of all developers’ preferences.
It also comes at a time when Microsoft has turned its focus to the cloud and cloud technologies, which is where a lot of developers are now working.
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