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Microsoft to release Visual Studio 2015 on July 20

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Microsoft has announced that it will release its next major flagship developer toolset, Visual Studio 2015, along with the Team Foundation Server 2015 and .NET Framework 4.6 on July 20, exactly nine days before rolling out Windows 10, the Windows 10 SDK, and the Visual Studio Universal Windows App Development Tools on July 29.

“Visual Studio 2015 is a big release,” said S. “Soma” Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division, in a blog post announcing the ship date.

“We are opening up Visual Studio to developers targeting new platforms—from cross-platform mobile development targeting iOS, Android and Windows, to game development targeting Unity, Unreal, Cocos and more. At the same time, Visual Studio 2015 redefines developer productivity with proactive diagnostics tooling and the new Rolsyn language services for C# and VB. And together, Visual Studio 2015, Team Foundation Server 2015 and Visual Studio Online help teams to embrace DevOps with great agile backlog management, Azure cloud tooling, hosted continuous integration, and Application Insights across all the components of your application.”

Microsoft noted that the release version of Visual Studio 2015 will not work with the pre-release versions of the Windows 10 SDK and Universal Windows app tools and those users will not be able to develop a UWP app in the downtime between releases. They are recommended to wait until July 29 to install both updates, and to continue using the Visual Studio 2015 RC that is already in circulation until this date.

Visual Studio 2015 will be offered as a subscription for both Enterprise and Pro versions, as well as a version of Visual Studio Professional that will require no subscription.

The software giant will host an online release event on July 20 at 8:30 am PDT where developers will be able to engage in live, interactive Q&A sessions with the Visual Studio engineering team. There’s no need to sign-up for the event but users can check out the Visual Studio 2015 final release event page for more details.