Visual Studio 2022 Preview 4.1 is released!

VS 2022 Preview 4.1

Time flies, VS2022 Preview 4.1 has released for 2 weeks already. Have you tried to install it and try? Any bugs that you have find? Remember to provide feedback and suggestions.

Feedback and suggestions

We would love to hear from you! For issues, let us know through the Report a Problem option in the upper right-hand corner of either the installer or the Visual Studio IDE itself. The Feedback Icon icon is located in the upper right-hand corner. You can make a product suggestion or track your issues in the Visual Studio Developer Community, where you can ask questions, find answers, and propose new features. You can also get free installation help through our Live Chat support.

 

VS 2022 Preview Releases Timeline

Here is the list of the VS 2022 Preview Releases Timeline.

VS 2022 Public Release Date??

There is still no announcement about the scheduled date of the VS2022 public release. But I guess the release date is coming soon.

When do you think that Public release will be out?

Azure Summit 2021 is now opened to register

Azure Summit 2021 is coming!!

One of the Largest Cloud Events of the Year, Azure Summit 2021 is now opened to register. There is no agenda yet. I think that they are confirming who could be the speaker and looking for the sponsors as well. If you look at the latest updates, you will find that the only updates are more and more confirmed speakers.

There is still 39 days and 18 hours at the time I am writing this blog. So you could register first and go back and check the agenda later when the time is closer.

Remember, this event’s date is 13th – 23th Sept, 2021.

Click Here to browse to Azure Summit 2021 Page.

Visual Studio 2022 Preview 2 is released

On 14th July, 2021, VS2022 Preview 2 is released.

There are some highlighted new features.

  1. New Font that is easier to read, Cascadia Code
  2. New refreshed Icons, that are clearer and easier to distinguish.
  3. Preview 1 was available only in English. Preview 2 now is fully localized. The supported language packs: English, Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), Czech, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, and Turkish.
  4. Now VS2002 will be the best place to build cross-platform apps. With Preview 2, we’ve extended our cross-platform capabilities, adding new CMake integration and seamless targeting for WSL2—with no need for manual configuration.
  5. Next Wave of cross platform apps with .NET MAUI and Blazor are ready in Preview 2.
  6. New Live Preview experiences for both XAML and web apps. You will be able to make those iterative changes to your application in the editor. And you could see the difference in real time. No more recompile-and-run when you just want to nudge something by a pixel or two! This is also provided in Preview 2 already.
  7. Hot Reload. It is including support for C++ apps. When you are able to edit C++ or .NET projects even the application is still running. You can also apple code changes without pausing your application. An “Apply code changes” button in the toolbar is added, by clicking it you can “reload” you updated code into the running application without stop and re-run with the latest code.

And more…

There are many more other new features are available in Preview 2. You may visit this page,  Summary of What’s New in this Release of Visual Studio 2022 version 17.0 Preview 2 to view the full list and more details.

Windows 11 (Preview): System Requirement

Well, Windows 11 has a new system requirement. And here is the list of them,

Item Description
Processor 1 GHz or faster
2 or more Cores
64-bit processor or System on a chi (SoC)
Ram: 4 Gb +
Storage: 64Gb +
System Firmware: UEFI, Secure Boot capable
TPM: TPM 2.0
Graphics Compatible with DirectX 12 or later with WDDM 2.0 driver
Display: HD (720p) display, greater than 9″
Internet Connection & Microsoft Account Windows 11 Home edition requires internet connectivity and a Microsoft Account to complete device setup on first use.
Switching out of Windows 11 Home in S mode also requires internet connectivity.

For the Processor, it requires at least Intel 8th generation processors or AMD Zen 2, as well as Qualcomm 7 and 8 series. Right now the Windows team is testing with Windows Insiders and partner with OEMs to run Windows 11 on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1. Over the time, the CPU requirement might be lower when the public released.

Some features might need higher system requirements, let me drop some here,

Item Description
Snap 3 columns layouts require a screen that is 1920 pixels or greater in width
Xbox (app) needs an Xbox Live account.
Some features in the Xbox app will require an active Xbox Game Pass Subscription
Presence Requires sensor that can detect human distance from device or intent to interact with device

 

*For a full list, please visit Microsoft Blog: Windows 11 Specifications

Windows 11: New Features, New UI, Android App Support, improved Xbox Experience!

Yesterday, Microsoft announced Windows 11, the next generation of Windows. The entire Windows 11 OS comes with new User Interface, new Start Menu, Android App Support, and improved Xbox Experience.

 

Let’s have a look on what are these new features in the Windows 11!

Windows 11 Taskbar
From the above image, we can see that the taskbar icon could align in middle. And the Start Menu icon also could align in middle. The Search window looks the same as Win10 one, with some icon on the top area. they might be the icons on previous search results.

 



Windows 11 Themes
The above image shows the new design of themes for Windows 11. At this moment, we can see 6 new themes. It might be more or less after it is released. And You could see that 3 of them are the light themes, while another 3 are the dark themes.

 

Windows 11 Snap
From the above image, we could see that there are more ways on the windows snap. Specially when you want to split your screen into 3 or more windows. (will it provides 6 windows splitting in screen?)
It would be a very good experience if you have multiple large monitor (27 inches or above).

 

Windows 11 Widget
The new widget is not loading fully in the screen, but they are designed to slide out from left hand side and provide quick access to news, weather and other web content.


Since last week, I also found a new bar suddenly enabled and shows a weather icon next to the notification bar in my Windows 10. It shows the similar window like the Windows 11 Widget. If you cannot see it, try to right click the task bar and see if you have the “News and Interests”. It might be turned off.
(You may have to update your Win 10 to latest version first)
 

 

Windows 11 Action Center

Microsoft redesigned the Action Center and improved its design and functionality. You don’t have to open the settings page to switch Wi-Fi networks or Bluetooth devices. Instead, you can expand these menus without leaving the Action Center.

 

 

 

 

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Windows 11 Microsoft Store
The new Microsoft store is your single trusted location for apps and content to watch, create, play, work and learn. It has been rebuilt for speed and with an all-new design. So that it looks more beautiful and more simple to use. And it also brings you more apps than ever before, apps, games, shows, movies…etc.

 

Windows 11 – Android Apps Support
As you can see from the above image, Microsoft Store also brings you the Android apps on your PC now. Starting later this year, you will be able to discover Android apps in the Microsoft Store and download them through the Amazon Appstore. As you can see from the image, you could download and install TikTok on Windows 11. This new supporting is the partnership with Amazon and Intel using their Intel Bridge technology.
With this new supporting, this must be unlocking new opportunity for developers and creators. If you want to learn more about what Windows 11 means for developers, you may visit Windows Developer Blog for more details.

 

Windows 11 Xbox Experience
The new Xbox app is now integrated into Windows 11, offering quick access to Xbox Game Pass games, the social parts of Xbox network, and the Xbox store. The Xbox Game Bar and Windows Game Mode all remain the same as Windows 10.

 

Want to know more
Here is the link to the “Introducing Windows 11” from Windows Experience Blog.