December 7, 2023

Microsoft has introduced it’s killing off Visible Studio Mac IDE, ostensibly whereas saying it needs to give attention to cross-platform improvement.

Microsoft made the announcement in a weblog put up:

At the moment we’re asserting the retirement of the Visible Studio for Mac IDE. Visible Studio for Mac 17.6 will proceed to be supported for one more 12 months, till August thirty first, 2024, with servicing updates for safety points and up to date platforms from Apple. Whereas the choice has been made to retire Visible Studio for Mac, we stay dedicated to our builders on Mac with alternate options just like the just lately introduced C# Dev Equipment for VS Code and different extensions that can assist you to reap the benefits of our ongoing investments in .NET improvement on a Mac.

Apparently sufficient, the corporate says the choice was made in an effort to give attention to cross-platform improvement:

With in the present day’s announcement, we’re redirecting our sources and focus to reinforce Visible Studio and VS Code, optimizing them for cross-platform improvement.

Evidently, ‘specializing in cross-platform improvement’ means killing off a kind of cross-platform instruments.

Making the choice much more of a head-scratcher is the truth that Visible Studio Code Mac IDE simply acquired a significant replace and overhaul final yr.

Happily, VS Studio Code — arguably one of many higher source-code editors — will proceed to be developed for the Mac:

Visible Studio Code with the brand new C# Dev Equipment and associated extensions: The just lately introduced C# Dev Equipment, .NET MAUI, and Unity Extensions for VS Code can be found in preview and are supposed to enhance VS Code’s capabilities for .NET and C# builders. These extensions function natively throughout all supported platforms, together with macOS, and the expertise utilizing these will proceed to be improved as they transfer from preview to GA and past.