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Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 Preview 3 New release icon

released July 13, 2021

Summary of What's New in this Release of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 Preview 3

Updated Help Menu* During 16.11 we have remodeled the Help Menu. The updated menu highlights Get Started material and helpful Tips/Tricks. It also provides more collaboration with our development team by adding things such as access to Developer Community, Release Notes, the Visual Studio product Roadmap, and our Social Media pages. We want developers to make the most out of their subscriptions so check out your subscription benefits and other details via the new My Subscription menu item!

Issues Addressed in 16.11 Preview 3

  • Updated Clang/LLVM to version 12.
  • "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.

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Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 Preview 2

released June 15, 2021

Summary of What's New in this Release of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 Preview 2

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.

Issues Addressed in 16.11 Preview 2

  • 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 teh 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.

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Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 Preview 1

released May 25, 2021

Summary of What's New in this Release of Visual Studio 2019 version 16.11 Preview 1

.NET Hot Reload User Experienced 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.

Issues Addressed in 16.11 Preview 1

  • 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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