The first Release Candidate build of Visual Studio 2017, the next version has become available for everyone to try a few weeks ago, during Microsoft's Connect(); 2016 event for developers. Since then developers have sent enough feedback to Microsoft for releasing an update including fixes for most popular and annoying issues and improving how some of the new features work.
The changes mentioned in official release notes for the update are not large but worth mentioning:
- To start with, there are many bug fixes, including fixing an issue in Git syncing in Team Explorer that led to “Could not load current branch,” some crashes and hangs in loading large projects, and some bugs in Go To All.
- We now have offline help available by installing the Help Viewer component in the Visual Studio installer.
- You can now add and remove multiple user interface languages at any time using the Visual Studio installer on the Language Pack tab. You can select the current user interface language among those installed using Tools > Options > International Settings.
- We improved the .NET Core and Docker workload. It’s still in preview, but we made the csproj file easier to read, added new commands to the .NET Core command-line (CLI) tools, and made many bug fixes. See the .NET blog for details.
- We improved the Developer Analytics Tools. CodeLens now shows exceptions that have occurred during local debug sessions for projects with the Application Insights SDK and it can show the impact an exception has had on users.
There are some changes included of course and also some known issues Microsoft is working to fix in subsequent updates. To check them out, head over to the Release Notes page on visualstudio.com.
This update has version 26014.00 and is now rolling out to all VS2017 RC users — you should see a notification in the right corner of the Windows taskbar offering you to install it. If you're not running Visual Studio 2017 RC yet, and want to give it a try, you can download it from its official page.