Microsoft has announced Visual Studio 2022 for Mac in a new announcement that it published on its devblog. Visual Studio 2022 will be completely 64-bit, feature a modern interface and accessibility improvements, support personalization, and will make it easy to develop modern cloud, desktop, and mobile apps. For macOS, the new .NET IDE will feature a native macOS user interface, which should help with performance and reliability, as well native macOS accessibility features.
Visual Studio 2022 for Mac features
Visual Studio 2022 will also feature unified menus and terminology across both Mac and Windows for consistency, however, we hope that Microsoft takes care of the intricacies of both platforms, rather than making all menus and terms the same.
Microsoft also announced that the new Git experience from Visual Studio for Windows will also be available in Visual Studio 2022 for Mac, including its Git Changes tool.
Here is the complete announcement from Microsoft’s blog post regarding the Mac update:
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 working to move Visual Studio for Mac to native macOS UI, which means it will come with better performance and reliability. It also means that Visual Studio for Mac can take full advantage of all the built-in macOS accessibility features. We’re updating the menus and terminology across the IDE to make Visual Studio more consistent between Mac and Windows. The new Git experience from Visual Studio will also be coming to Visual Studio for Mac, beginning with the introduction of the Git Changes tool window.
The company did not mention if Apple Silicon support will be part of the new release, but considering that it is work-in-progress, native support should be included by the time Visual Studio 2022 releases. Microsoft had recently released VS Code for M1 Macs, which was well received by the community. Visual Studio 2022 is different than VS Code, as it is a complete IDE, while the latter is just a code editor.
Visual Studio 2020 Preview 1 will be announced soon and will feature user interface refinements, and accessibility improvements. Some features might not be available at launch, and will roll out later.