At Microsoft Connect(); 2018 conference, Microsoft had rolled out the first preview of Visual Studio 2019. The company is hosting a full-day event on April 2, 2019 to launch the latest version of Visual Studio.
At Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event, Microsoft will showcase every feature of the platform and help users learn how it can help them become more productive, modern, and innovative. It will be a virtual event that will also allow attendees to participate in live Q&As.
Microsoft had first announced the VS 2019 in June last year. Further, the company refreshed the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of the service in November. The refreshed UI/UX updated the icons and splash screen, changed the theme, and helped developed code faster.
Microsoft has focused on making the Visual Studio faster to open, work with projects stored in git repositories, integrating Live Share for improved collaboration between teammates, and powering IntelliSense with artificial intelligence (AI).
When users launch Visual Studio 2019, they’ll see a new start window. Microsoft has changed this experience to make the platform work better with Git repositories, whether they’re local repos or online Git repos on GitHub, Azure repos, or elsewhere.
There will be new search experience with the next major release of Visual Studio, replacing the existing ‘Quick Launch’ box. Users will be able to search for settings, commands and install options. Microsoft mentioned that the new search experience is also smarter, allowing users to find what they are looking for even when they misspell.
Visual Studio 2019 will also feature new refactoring capabilities, like changing for-loops to LINQ queries and converting tuples to named-structs. Users will also be able to easily identify and fix warnings and suggestions using the new document health indicator and code clean-up functionality.
Coming to the common debugging tasks, Microsoft has added search capabilities to the Autos, Locals, and Watch windows, to help users track down objects and values. In the future preview of Visual Studio, the tech giant will also include new Time Travel Debugging for managed code feature, updates to the Snapshoft Debugger, and Virtual Machine Scale Sets (VMSS).
For improved collaboration within the team, Visual Studio IntelliCode has been improved with context-aware and AI-powered IntelliSense. It will allow users to train it on their own code repos and share the results with teammates.
Scott Hanselman (Partner Program Manager, .NET Platform) and Julia Liuson (Corporate Vice President, Developer Division) are currently the featured speakers for the launch event. Microsoft will soon update the full agenda and speaker list on launch event site.