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What's New in 15.1

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.1 Releases

Summary of Notable New Features in 15.1

Top Issues Fixed in 15.1

See all customer-reported issues fixed in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.1.

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Details of What's New in 15.1

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2017 version 15.1

released on April 5, 2017

New Features in 15.1

A New Team Explorer Standalone Install

Visual Studio Team Explorer 2017 is a rich, standalone client (Figure 1) used to access Team Foundation Server and Visual Studio Team Services. It is free for any user. This install only includes Team Explorer so you can access version control and work item tracking without other IDE components.

Team Explorer
(Figure 1) Team Explorer

Tools for Universal Windows App Development

The Universal Windows App workload now includes the Creators Update SDK (10.0.15063) and allows you to build apps for the Windows 10 Creators Update version 1703. In addition, the release includes these enhancements:

  • The Windows 10 SDK will install side by side with the Creators Update SDK. This allows you to use a single machine to build production-ready apps that target the released version of the SDK, as well as begin testing new OS features delivered by a Preview Windows SDK.
  • NuGet package management has been improved by using PackageReference to replace package.config and package.json.
  • An enhanced .NET Native Compiler that is now delivered as a NuGet package.
  • Visual Studio now includes improved tooling support for XAML controls delivered as NuGet packages.
  • IntelliSense in the XAML editor now highlights XAML types and properties that are not supported in the version of the SDK that your app is targeting.

For more information, see Creators Update SDK support in Visual Studio 2017.

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2017 version 15.1.1

released on April 10, 2017

Top Issues Fixed in 15.1.1

These are the customer-reported issues addressed in 15.1.1:

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2017 version 15.1.2

released on April 17, 2017

Top Issues Fixed in 15.1.2

These are the customer-reported issues addressed in 15.1.2:

Other issues addressed in this version:

  • When you install from an offline layout in an environment without internet access, you will not receive update notifications. This also applies when you use the offline layout to update to the newest version.

Known Issues

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Visual Studio 2017 Release Notes History

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