Visual Studio 2019 for Mac Preview Release Notes
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What's New in 8.10 Preview
Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview Releases
- May 26, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 5
- May 18, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 4
- May 11, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 3
- May 4, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 2.2
- April 22, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 2.1
- April 14, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 2
- March 2, 2021 – Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10 Preview 1
Refer to the Known Issues section.
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released May 26, 2021
- We fixed a handful of reliability issues that were discovered in the previous preview release.
- We fixed a breaking change in AudioUnitPropertyIDType.
released May 18, 2021
- We have fixed several reliability issues.
Web and Azure
- We have fixed an issue where creating .NET Core projects was failing when .NET 6 Preview 4 was installed.
released May 11, 2021
- We have fixed several performance issues.
- We updated Mono to 126.96.36.199 addressing an issue on Big Sur which has caused Visual Studio for Mac hangs.
Web and Azure
- We updated .NET Core SDKs to 5.0.203 and 3.1.409 addressing CVE-2021-31204.
- We have updated Xamarin.Forms templates.
released May 4, 2021
- We fixed fixed several reliability and performance issues.
- We improved overall memory consumption and performance when working with large solutions.
- We fixed an issue where unsaved code changes were not saved when debugging was started (F5).
Shell and Tools
- We fixed an issue where file tab tooltips were not shown.
- We fixed an issue where the integrated terminal window was not cleared when running an app again.
- We have enabled
dotnet newproject template support by default.
- We fixed an issue where Search and Replace buttons were disabled in Find in Files when a solution was selected.
Source Code Editing
- We have removed the obsolete "Interpret tab keystroke as reindent command" setting which is not supported by the native editor.
- We fixed an issue where Unit tests were not running when used in nested classes.
released April 22, 2021
- We fixed several reliability issues that surfaced when working with Xamarin.Forms projects.
- We fixed an issue where XAML Hot Reload changes were not synchronized with the device.
- We updated the Xamarin.iOS SDK to 188.8.131.52.
released April 14, 2021
- We fixed an issue where the Call Stack tool window wouldn't show external code.
- We updated MSBuild to 16.9.0.
Shell and Tools
- The NuGet Package Manager is now using native Cocoa UI.
- We fixed an issue where $(SolutionDir) was not defined when restoring large solutions.
- We fixed an issue where PackageReferences were updated unexpectedly.
- We added support for the
- We updated NuGet to 5.9.
- We fixed an issue where the code formatting of new .NET Core projects was not consistent.
- We added support for solution templates provided by
Source Code Editing
- We added support for F# 5.0.
- We fixed an issue where F# 4.7 language features didn't work.
- We fixed an issue where sending F# code to the F# Interactive tool window failed with an error.
- We fixed several issues with the new Quick Fixes UI (preview feature).
released March 2, 2021
- We fixed several reliability issues.
- We updated Mono to 184.108.40.206, addressing CVE-2021-24112.
The following is a list of all existing known issues in Visual Studio 2019 for Mac version 8.10:
- Under certain conditions, a "System.EntryPointNotFoundException" exception appears when deploying Xamarin.Forms projects to iOS device. We're currently working on a fix which will be released shortly.
- After installing the latest .NET 5 SDK, developers of .NET Core 3.1 apps might see an error indicating "The ASP.NET Core developer certificate is in an invalid state.". Running
dotnet dev-certs https --cleanthen
dotnet dev-certs https --trustfrom the Terminal will fix the issue.
- In rare cases, it's possible to be up to date with everything but the .NET Core 3.1.300 SDK. If you enter into this configuration and update to .NET Core 3.1.300 using the updater, the notification to update the .NET Core SDK will not disappear until the IDE is restarted.
- On Big Sur gRPC projects may fail to build with an error
protoc" exited with code 255. This is a problem with macOS platform detection in the gRPC.Tools NuGet package that is used by default in the project templates. A workaround is to update the gRPC.Tools NuGet package to version 2.34.0 or later.
- In some cases, Android projects may fail to build with an error
The Java SDK could not be found, please set the path to it in the Xamarin.Android SDKs settings panel. A workaround is to execute the following command in a Terminal:
mkdir -p ~/Library/Android/sdk.