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What's New in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11

Support Timeframe

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 is the fifth and final supported servicing baseline for Visual Studio 2019. Enterprise and Professional customers needing to adopt a long term stable and secure development environment are encouraged to standardize on this version.  As explained in more detail in our lifecycle and support policy, version 16.11 will be supported with fixes and security updates through April 2029, which is the remainder of the Visual Studio 2019 product lifecycle.

In addition, now that version 16.11 is available, version 16.9, which was the last servicing baseline, will be supported for an additional 12 months and will go out of support in October 2022. Note as well that versions 16.10 is no longer under support either. These intermediary releases received servicing fixes only until the next minor update released.

You can acquire the latest most secure version of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 in the downloads section of my.visualstudio.com or the Microsoft Catalog. For more information about Visual Studio supported baselines, please review the support policy for Visual Studio 2019.

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Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11.3 NewestReleaseIcon

released September 14, 2021

Issues Addressed in this Release

  • Fixed missing "Remote Device" debug target for Xamarin iOS projects.
  • Fixed a bug that caused a start menu shortcut link to disappear. The bug only happened when updating multiple instances of different product SKUs on the same machine.

From Developer Community

Security Advisory Notice

CVE-2021-26434 Visual Studio Incorrect Permission Assignment Privilege Escalation Vulnerability

A permission assignment vulnerability exists in Visual Studio after installing the Game development with C++ and selecting the Unreal Engine Installer workload. The system is vulnerable to LPE during the installation it creates a directory with write access to all users.

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11.2

released August 25, 2021

Issues Addressed in this Release

  • Fixed an issue where CMake cache generation would fail, which blocked IntelliSense, build, and debug.
  • Fixed warning "Evaluating the function 'System.Diagnostics.TraceInternal.Listeners.get' timed out and needed to be aborted in an unsafe way" when starting debugging on some .NET and dotnet Core application.

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Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11.1

released August 16, 2021

Issues Addressed in this Release

  • Fixes an issue installing the Microsoft.VisualStudio.ScriptedHost.Registry package during Visual Studio installation, which would cause the entire installation to fail.
  • Unblocked Adding a new SSH Connection through Tools Options

From Developer Community

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11.0

released August 10, 2021

Summary of What's New in this Release of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11.0

Updated Help Menu

  • Updated menu highlights Get Started material and helpful Tips/Tricks. It also provides access to Developer Community, Release Notes, the Visual Studio product Roadmap, and our Social Media pages.
  • New My Subscription menu item allows developers to make the most out of their subscriptions through benefit awareness and additional information!

Git tooling

  • Access additional actions from the overflow menu in the branch picker in Git Changes window and status bar.
  • Hover over a branch name to see last commit details in a tooltip.
  • Access additional actions in the repository picker overflow menu from the status bar.
  • Hover over a repository name to see repository details such as local path and remote URL.


  • LLVM tools shipped with Visual Studio have been upgraded to LLVM 12. See the LLVM release notes for details.
  • Clang-cl support was updated to LLVM 12.


  • Fixed an issue that affected command line execution of the update command. If the update fails the first time, a subsequent issuing of the update command now causes the update to resume the prior operation where it left off.

.NET Hot Reload

  • .NET Hot Reload User Experience for editing managed code at runtime.

Details of What's New in this Release of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11.0

.NET Hot Reload User Experience for editing managed code at runtime

In this release we are excited to make available the first release of the new Hot Reload user experience when editing code files for applications such as WPF, Windows Forms, ASP.NET Core, Console, etc. With Hot Reload you can now modify your apps managed source code while the application is running with no need to pause execution or use a breakpoint. Instead, simply make a supported change and use the new “apply code changes” button in the toolbar to apply them immediately.

.NET Hot Reload change is applied in VS using 'apply code changes' button

In this update of Visual Studio this new experience is available when running your application under the debugger (F5) and is powered by the Edit and Continue (EnC) mechanism. Therefore, anywhere that EnC is supported you can now also use Hot Reload alongside any other debugger features. .NET Hot Reload will also work alongside XAML Hot Reload, making it possible to make both UI and code-behind changes in your desktop applications such as WPF or WinUI.

Both EnC and Hot Reload also share the same limitations, so be aware that not every type of edit is currently supported. The complete list of what is or is not supported can be found in our documentation.

To learn more about Hot Reload and our long-term vision you can also read more details in our blog post.

Top Issues Fixed in this Release

  • MSVC C++ SxS Toolset updated to match VS 2019 v16.10.4. MSVC Toolset Version for this update is 14.29.30040.0/19.29.30040.0.
  • Update Azure Branding
  • Fix an issue where a failure during CMake test discovery could cause cache generation to fail.
  • Fixed an issue causing TPv0 tests using CSV or SQLCE as data sources to fail to execute with an ArgumentException.
  • Fixed the "ApplicationVerificationFailed" build error with Hot Restart
  • Fixed a failure to conduct fast up-to-date check on WAP projects which was causing those projects to be built (instead of being skipped), even when project is up-to-date and does not need modifications, further causing increased incremental build times in IDE.
  • Fixed the "Xamarin.iOS does not support running or debugging the previous built version of your project" error.
  • Fixed the "Unable to connect to Mac Server with Address" error when trying to distribute iOS applications
  • "Modules for Standard Library (experimental)" was missing, but has been restored.
  • Fixed an EDG assertion failure on nested co_yield.
  • Fixed an issue causing Microsoft Azure Tools for Visual Studio to trigger other .dlls to load in the About Box.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue causing High Contrast Account Settings to not show.
  • Fixed a formatting issue when using @{if(true)}.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue with screen readers failing to announce collapsed code headers.
  • Fixed the Luminosity contrast ratio for Country boundary Foreground/background color to be greater or equals to 3:1 so that visually impaired users can identify these controls.
  • Fixed an accessibility issue where Visible name and accessible name are not similar for "Server" edit field, "Site name" edit field and "Target Runtime" combo box.
  • Fixed a bug causing the screen reader to announce the Connecting status message information under Add SQL Server blade.
  • Filter was missing from the completion list in VB projects.
  • Fixed an issue causing Visual Studio to occasionally stop responding when loading Microsoft.Maui-net6.sln.
  • Fixed an error when building IOS project or XF project that showed the warning "Xamarin.iOS.Common.targets".
  • Fixed branch picker menu grouping.
  • Fixed an issue causing the repository below the selected repository to open instead of the desired repository.
  • Fixed a bug causing warnings for template functions to follow an incorrect ruleset.
  • Fixed a bug causing the Microsoft account dropdown to get truncated when resizing from 125% to 150% or 175% to 200%.
  • Fixed an accessibility bug where the narrator does not announce the label name.
  • Made it easier for users to access the "convert color to resource" button.
  • Made it easier for low vision users to view the focus on the "Select previous gradient stop" and "Select Next gradient stop" buttons.
  • Corrected issues with screen reader users not getting the proper information about buttons.
  • GitHub specific error messages were not always showing when pushing commits.
  • Fixed an issue causing warnings when trying to connect to SharePoint to provision workflow debugging prerequisites.
  • Fixed an issue causing network operations to not work with the Fork and the remote Fork branches in the Git repo window.
  • Fixed a Database Project issue where dragging a file from solution explorer into an opened one is deleting the file from the file system
  • Fixed an issue causing an exception in .cshtml and .razor files.
  • Fixed a slow display of files and icons in the Visual Studio IDE and Solution Explorer.
  • Fixed an error with Git messaging that reported 'It is not allowed to run multiple bulk file operations at a time.'
  • Improved ease of accessibility when accessing the controls for any path of the selected Profile.
  • Corrected an 'Error List' warning when publishing a Cloud Service project with a 'Single Page Application' template.
  • Fixes an issue where attempting to close the quick start window can cause Visual Studio to crash
  • Fixed an inability to publish database projects with null values and an 'str' parameter name.
  • Added support for SSDT MERGE statements.
  • Fixed an issue with F# Interactive where NuGet package references were no longer working.
  • Added ability to use Previous layout folders searching packages during layout operations.
  • Added additional accessibility improvements for keyboard only users in debugging and menu selection.
  • Fixed a localization error with Test Explorer.
  • Fixed an error causing builds to fail in C# VSIX projects.
  • Fixed an error where publishing failed in an ASP.NET Core App running on Docker (Windows/Linux) to Docker Container with error:"Current context "desktop-linux" is not found on the file system".
  • Converted to using the new DartLab instance which gives us the latest fixes and simplifies the YAML.
  • Fixed an issue when clicking "Go To Declaration" that resulted in the cursor jumping to an incorrect position.
  • Fixed EnC regression.
  • Fixed an error causing Visual Studio to stop responding when creating a Service Fabric application.
  • Fixed an error where the Container Orchestrator Support context item disappears after adding docker support for an Azure Function project with .NET 5(Isolated) type selected.
  • Fixed a situation where F5/Ctrl+F5 produced an error message, "Docker command failed with exit code1."
  • Added Service Fabric and Add Orchestra Support dialog.
  • Fixed a failure to restore NuGet deleted packages.
  • Fixed an error causing mstest projects to remove LUT windows after renaming.
  • Fixed formating when providing no container name in a code search.
  • Fixed missing warning messages in CppCoreCheck.
  • Fixed a bug when adding a class in ASP.NET causing a yellow bar with the error message: 'CSharpSyncNamespaceCodeRefactoringProvider'.
  • Improved performance around using PointerSafetyXtension in CppCoreCheck.
  • Improved localization around VC++ features.
  • Fixed a build error when the solutionPath variable evaluates to undefined.
  • Fixed a rare scenario that could keep Visual Studio instances from closing if the Test Explorer is open in the solution.
  • Fixed a visibility issue with high contrast black in virtual machines shifting focus.
  • Fixed an issue where an error "No such image" occurs when removing multi-selected images that have been tagged.
  • Improved the XAML typing experience on the LiveShare client.
  • Fixed an issue when using the Navigate To with a speech recognition command causing the user to wait for the ToolTip to clear before seeing the result.
  • Fixed an issue causing previously opened documents to not restore when a solution is reopened.
  • Fixed a UWP crash when using the new Sample Data feature.
  • Fixed a bug where there were no project properties provider for "Persistence = AssemblyReference".
  • Decreased processor consumption of setup.exe.
  • Fixed an issue preventing HRESULT resources from being customized for XBOX.
  • Fixed an unhandled exception after clicking "Debug Tests".
  • Fixed a build error message "NETSDK1 031" when using a Windows Application Packaging Project.
  • Fixed a crash after ending some LiveShare Sessions.
  • Fixed a bug causing a failure of the "X" button on a page of the First Launch Wizard.
  • Fixed an "Operation not supported" error message in LiveShare.
  • Fixes a bug in Cloud Service (extended support) publish with different settings value in different service configurations.
  • Fixed an issue with C++20 Modules IntelliSense where some language constructs would cause the compiler to crash.
  • Fixed an issue that will cause a small amount of additional memory to leak.
  • Fixed an API breaking change on AudioUnitPropertyIDType.
  • Developers using UWP unit test framework who wish to run their tests on remote devices or emulators were unable to run the tests on remote devices.

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