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Microsoft Ends Visual Studio For Macs Officially

Microsoft products are not nearly as successful on other platforms as they are on Windows. This can now be seen in another example: The manufacturer announced that it would discontinue the Mac version of its Visual Studio development environment.

Another year

As Microsoft announced, version 17.6 will be the last release. After that, however, maintenance updates and security patches are still available for one year. On August 31, 2024, support for the IDE on the competing platform will finally end.

It said it decided to discontinue Visual Studio for Mac after carefully analyzing user feedback and usage patterns. Ultimately, this means that the Mac version was used by too few developers and the majority of those who did use it did not see it as an alternative.

Runtime and workload updates will also continue to be provided so that developers can build applications based on .NET 6, .NET 7, and the Mono frameworks as usual. “Although not officially supported, we have also enabled rudimentary support for .NET 8 in Visual Studio for Mac for building and debugging applications. We hope that with these commitments and investment in the alternatives mentioned, we will disrupt your workflow on Mac can minimize,” it continued.

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