Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2017 to launch on March 7

Two decades feel like an eternity, but that entirely depends on one’s perspective. A bowhead whale could live for longer than 200 years; for it, 20 years are nothing but a phase.

Julia Liuson – who was part of the team that created the first version of Visual Studio and launched it in February of 1997 – has been with the Visual Studio team for the past two decades. She started as a developer; today, she is the Corporate Vice President of Visual Studio at Microsoft. 20 years represent a journey, from a human perspective.

In a blog post celebrating the 20-year anniversary of Visual Studio, she announced the date of arrival for the next iteration of Visual Studio.

The Launch

Visual Studio 2017 comes out on 7th of March; the two-day launch event will be live streamed at The Visual Studio team will talk about everything new that’s coming to the Visual Studio suite, including .NET, Xamarin, Azure, and more.

The team will also host live training sessions as part of the event on 8th March.

The Journey

Visual Studio has been around for two decades, and thousands if not millions of developers rely on it every day. There’s a rather simple reason behind its success: it was the first product to bring Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual J++, Visual FoxPro, and Visual InterDev, under a single umbrella.

The Visual Studio environment has evolved into one of the best development environments since then. Microsoft even designed new languages for it; C# and the .NET Framework released in 2002, simplifying software development for young and aspiring developers around the world.

Microsoft has always treated developers well – even cheered for them on stage – and that has paid off.

Today, Microsoft needs developers to build apps for its latest-and-greatest UWP framework. Windows 10 is knitting the entire Microsoft ecosystem together, and developers play a significant role in that.

Developers are excited as well; XBMC, now known as Kodi, is coming to the Xbox One as a UWP app. Microsoft is gaining back what it had lost in the past couple of years.

Hopefully, the next iteration of Visual Studio will help reinforce that.

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