Our Visual Studio for Mac roadmap looks ahead 6-12 months and describes the main topics we want to work on. We base this work off of what we've learned over the past year of development on the IDE and what we've heard from you in surveys, through our Developer Community, and other conversations.
The roadmap keeps evolving as we work on the product and we revisit our plans at least once every 3-4 months. Please share your thoughts by providing suggestions using the Help > Provide a Suggestion... menu in the IDE, or voting on the Developer Community site.
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Themes for 2022
Our top themes for the 2022 calendar year are:
- Improve the overall performance of the IDE and responsiveness of the UI.
- Support the latest .NET platform releases
- Improve quality and features across the full tooling experience including editing, building, debugging, testing, Git, and publishing.
Our goal with Visual Studio 2022 for Mac is to make a modern .NET IDE tailored for the Mac that delivers the productive experience you’ve come to love in Visual Studio. We’re moving Visual Studio for Mac to native macOS UI, which means it will come with better performance and reliability. This also means that Visual Studio for Mac can take better advantage of built-in macOS accessibility features. We’re updating status bar, tabs, the menus and terminology across the IDE to make the experience of using Visual Studio for Mac more consistent with Windows.
- Running natively on M1/Apple Silicon (ARM64) processors (Developer Community)
- Updated menus & terminology to better align with Visual Studio (Windows)
- Drag & drop tabs to create document groups
- Task list & Regular Expressions features moved to native UI
- Icon refresh (more native macOS UI, better aligned with Visual Studio (Windows))
- Sub-word navigation
- 🏃 Support for LSP (Language Server Protocol) based editors (enabling future work)
- New Razor editor (running on LSP)
- New HTML/CSS editors (running on LSP)
- 🏃 Support for C# language service running analyzers and other features out-of-process (improved editor performance)
- 💪 .editorconfig editor
- 💪 Spell check support
- 💪 Colorized bracket pairs support
- 💪 Address key debugger gaps, such as "Autos" window and the ability to select modules to debug
- 🏃 Addressing top developer feedback
Git Version Control
- New Git Changes windows
- Addressing reliability issues when performing large Git checkouts/pulls 🏃 New git branch selector in the status bar 💪 Improve git merge changes experience 💪 GitHub authentication support (enable private repo access)
- C# 11 support
- Running the installer natively on M1/Apple Silicon (ARM64) processors (Developer Community)
- Azure Functions running on .NET 7
.NET MAUI and Xamarin - Cross-Platform Development
- Initial .NET MAUI Tooling (Developer Community)
- 🏃 MAUI C# Hot Reload
- Better support for building and deploying apps with external libraries
- Updated property and manifest pages for .NET MAUI apps
- Integrated archiving and publishing support
Related roadmaps for .NET MAUI and Xamarin:
For other roadmaps related to .NET on the Mac, see: