The expansion of Microsoft IDE offerings to Apple’s operating system was an expected step after the company had already opened products such as .NET, SQL Server and PowerShell for other operating systems in the last two years.
Microsoft will host this week’s Connect()conference where Visual Studio Mac OS X is about to be announced as previously reported by Mikayla Hutchinson in a blog entry. Mikayla is a senior program manager for Xamarin at Microsoft.
“At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio,” Mikayla Hutchinson, senior program manager on Xamarin Platform at Microsoft explains.
“If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home,” Hutchinson continues. “It’s 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.”
A preview version of Visual Studio for Mac will be available through the Visual Studio website after the Connect() conference. Initial Visual Studio for Mac features include support for IntelliSense, NuGet, TextMate bundles, extensive debugging features, live previews, and a project system and build engine that still uses MSBuild, despite working on a Mac.