Microsoft has announced the general release of Visual Studio 2022 for Mac 17.0. It brings big changes, including a native macOS user interface and support for Apple Silicon processors. According to the company, it is also releasing a new preview which you can install side by side with this release.
In older versions of Visual Studio for Mac, Microsoft used various UI technologies that made things look out of place. This update uses the native macOS user interface. Additionally, the backend runs on .NET 6 and it runs natively on Apple Silicon processors. Together, these improvements mean that Visual Studio 2022 for Mac can run up to 50% faster than its predecessor.
On the technical side, Microsoft said this release lets you build apps with .NET 6 and C# 10. He said Azure Functions v4 is supported and lets you develop serverless apps on .NET 6 .
Going back to the previously mentioned preview, Microsoft now offers Visual Studio 2022 for Mac 17.3 Preview 1. It focuses on adding tooling support for .NET 7 and .NET MAUI. Microsoft will also attempt to incorporate user feedback and switch to native UI for lesser-used features such as TODO/TASK list. If you want to know more, check out the release notes.