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Microsoft pushes new Windows 11 and Visual Studio upgrade ahead of schedule

Microsoft recently pushed largest updates to their OS and developer platform. Yes, we now have a new Windows for computers. The new “Windows 11” wasn’t supposed to launch till 2025, but we have it. Alongside, Microsoft developer application Microsoft Visual Studio got major changes. At least 1.5 billion people actively use the windows platform for home or office usage.

Microsoft developer event was set for 24th June, and a 64-bit Visual Studio version 2022 became available. Visual Studio had a 32-bit version, where it was easy for older hardware to run. But hardware’s changed a lot and apps can ideally inherit all the good properties around. And by those properties, we mean extra resources, as much of that available. Considering we have a lot fewer 32-bit applications since previous years as core count and resource margin grew around hardware. It was considered a bug to crash the application with hundreds of active projects. According to the company, customers ran more than 700 project solutions for days. This caused the program to crash and bugs were reported. And as the final release is here, the program will allocate all available resources rather than taking a chunk. The problem with that is, solo developed plugins that were not updated for days are not going to work anymore. They were useful in previous builds. This native ecosystem will also be needing an update or there will be tons of obsolete extensions. ASP.NET Core (open-source framework) & .Net 6 also received updates alongside the program which was announced at the developer event.

On the other news as we mentioned, a widely popular operating system, Microsoft’s Windows received its next big update. A few leaky weeks have passed and it's finally here. The official final release will be sometime around the year-end. But for testers and beta users, will receive an update with the insider build. We saw early leaks from Chinese mega-site Baidu. Within next week we may see iso files to download directly from official website and use them rather than those floating around corners of the internet. Currently, we see a Mac-style taskbar and an improved UI system. The OS is going to utilize add-ons or extensions a lot more than before. A surprising implementation on the system is the Amazon Android native platform. Windows users can now use both Windows store apps and Android apps at the same time without depending on a separate virtual machine-like Blue Stacks, NoxAppPlayer. Android apps can now run in many tabs seizes, besides other tabs and can be pinned anywhere on the screen. Intel Bridge technology partnered with Microsoft to bring the best of both worlds to work under a single machine. But of course, AMD users can also use android native applications on regular basis.

macOS have a third-party organisation tool called Magnet. New windows will also have a similar feature built-in the explorer as hover. Functions hopefully will be snappy and utilize resources efficiently. A clean and modern look with virtual refurbishment met together in one single environment. For business or work setup improvement, Microsoft teams is now integrated directly in the taskbar. There is better support in the visual category and for gamers and direct Xbox tech support. New OS users may benefit from HDR and Direct storage technology.

Microsoft senior program manager Justin Johnson said “The 64-bit conversion effort affects every part of Visual Studio.”. On additional notice, he added, “the scope is much bigger than our usual previews.” There are improvements to IntelliCode and functionalities. But now the program will stay up on fixed resources and will allocate as much as possible. Visual Studio helps to build apps for the native OS alongside a wide range of platforms. As the latest version uses new technologies, some extensions were bound to become obsolete. So, it may slow down the development process. Nonetheless, dependency on newer hardware is good enough to ignore this small issue for a little while.





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