In an effort to redirect its resources elsewhere, Microsoft has begun the process of retiring Visual Studio for Mac IDE.
According to Microsoft, Visual Studio for Mac 17.6 will continue to be supported for another 12 months, until August 31, 2024.
After support ends, Microsoft suggests using Visual Studio IDE via Windows on a virtual machine, either on the Mac or in the cloud. It notes that this option will cover most developers’ needs, such as legacy project support.
Cross-platform compatible solutions exist, such as C#, Dev Kit, .NET MAUI, and Unity extensions for Visual Studio Code. These extensions operate natively on macOS. While they’re currently in preview, Microsoft notes that the experience will be improved as “they move from preview to GA and beyond.”
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