Visual Studio, an integrated development environment from Microsoft, is coming to the Mac. That’s according to Redmond’s prematurely published and now-deleted press release that TechCrunch spotted Monday. Microsoft’s Xcode of sorts, Visual Studio is used to develop native Windows apps, as well as websites, web apps and Azure-driven cloud services.
Visual Studio for Mac should be formally announced at the Connect() conference later this week. Microsoft previously brought its cross-platform code editor, Visual Studio Code, to macOS.
Visual Studio for Mac is very similar to its Windows brethren as Microsoft aims to make it easier for Windows developers to feel right at home on the Mac.
￼The user interface is inspired by Visual Studio for Windows, but looks and feels “like a native citizen of macOS,” wrote the Windows giant in the removed press release. As mentioned, Visual Studio Code is also available to Mac developers for times when they don’t need a full integrated development environment, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.