Microsoft’s Visual Studio is turning 20, company to launch Visual Studio 2017 on March 7

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The Redmond-based company is going to celebrate two decades of Visual Studio by rolling out Visual Studio 2017 on March 7.


Yes, Microsoft started the journey with Visual Studio in 1997 with 'Visual 97', which was a suite of applications, such as Visual Studio 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, and more.

Then arrived Visual Studio 6.0, which was followed by '.NET', bringing significant changes for the integrated development environment (IDE). Visual .NET introduced a new language, C#, after which apps were compiled through the .NET Framework, allowing them to run on more platforms.

In 2005, Microsoft decided to ditch the '.NET' from its name, which set off the journey of the current Visual Studio.


Julia Liuson, Corporate VP, Visual Studio at Microsoft wrote in a blog post, "Today, I’m proud and humbled that Visual Studio is turning twenty – we’re celebrating two decades of Visual Studio! As we hit this great milestone, I’m also excited to announce that Visual Studio 2017 will be released on March 7."

Microsoft will be holding a two-day event to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Visual Studio. While March 7 will witness the launch of Visual Studio 2017, according to the company, March 8 will include "a full day of live training with multiple topics to choose from."

Visual Studio 2017 is expected to improve "feedback workflow, code navigation, code fixes, IntelliSense, refactoring and debugging practices". With redesigned experience, the next iteration of IDE software kit will allow you to choose the Github extension, with the quick installation process and less system impact.

Microsoft also wants developers to participate in their celebration by posting memories of their Visual Studio on social media using #MyVSstory and you can also give birthday wishes.