What’s New in Visual Studio 2017 Release 15.7

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 is now available. This release comes with a lot of new features and improvements for AI, mobile and desktop applications, Microsoft Azure development, and more. You can read about these features in detail in the blog post What’s New in Visual Studio 2017 Release 15.7.

Some of the notable features include:

Improved Python tooling

C++ development

XAML designer enhancements

Productivity improvements in C

Visual Studio 2017 Release 15.7 is now available! This release contains new features and bug fixes, including support in Xamarin Workbooks for C

Visual Studio 2017 builds on the great foundation that we delivered in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.6 and earlier. Version 15.7 builds on the work of 15.6 and adds several new capabilities.

We are continuously working to make Visual Studio more productive for developers by improving the fundamentals such as IntelliSense, code navigation, and debugging. We also continue to improve how you can customize Visual Studio for your specific needs and streamline your development workflow.

In addition, we’ve made a number of improvements to help you write better code, including improvements to C++ code analysis, C++ refactoring, and IntelliSense filtering.

Finally, we have made some improvements to our release management tools including NuGet package signing, NuGet package verification, and improved support for continuous delivery using Azure DevOps Services and other CI/CD tools.

I am excited to announce the release of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7. This release adds many improvements you have been asking for, especially in the area of accessibility, extensibility, performance, and productivity. In this blog post, I will talk about a few of my favorite changes that were made for this release.

Improved Accessibility

We strive to make Visual Studio accessible to all users. In this release, we focused on improving the experience for low vision users. We introduced a new high contrast theme that can be activated from Tools> Options > Environment > General. This new theme increases the contrast between elements in the IDE and improves readability for users with low vision. We also improved focus rectangles, fixed several issues with screen readers, and added a new command to toggle zoom levels for better control over text size in the editor. To learn more about how we are making Visual Studio more accessible check out our accessibility blogs and GitHub repository.


In this release, we have made it easier than ever to create your own extensions for Visual Studio by adding Project Templates and Item Templates to the New Project dialog (under Other Languages > Extensibility).

New Project Templates:

Today, we are releasing the final build of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7. This update focuses on stability and overall quality. In this post, we’ll highlight some of the fixes and features included in this release.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 includes .NET Framework 4.7.2, which is also released today for download. We have a separate blog post detailing the new features in .NET Framework 4.7.2, including support for X509 certificates that contain keys with SHA-256 or SHA-384 hash algorithm values, a change to how long running Servicing Stack Updates can be deployed to Windows 10 clients, and more. You can read the full details in the .NET Framework Blog post here: Announcing the .NET Framework 4.7.2 general availability release

You can read more about what’s new for each workload in our release notes:

What’s New in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7

ASP.NET and Web Development


Data Storage and Processing

Game Development with Unity

Mobile Development with C++

Python Development*

Tools for Apache Cordova*

Visual Studio Tools for Xamarin*

Visual Studio Tools for Universal Windows Apps*

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.7 is the latest supported Visual C++ compiler and standard library for Visual Studio 2017. This update includes the latest version of the Visual C++ compiler and libraries with enhanced support for targeting Universal Windows Platform apps, including enhanced support for developing apps in C++/CLI and debugging applications using Edit and Continue.

This release also includes a new build task to easily enable continuous integration builds on Azure DevOps Services or Team Foundation Server. See Compiler options and Continuous integration builds. For more information about the Visual C++ build tools workload, see Install C++ support in Visual Studio on the Microsoft support page.

For more information about the enhancements to Visual C++ in Visual Studio 2017, see What’s New for Visual C++ in VS 2017 on docs.microsoft.com.

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