Microsoft’s new Visual Studio Preview is a new Insider program for developers. The new Preview program is for enthusiasts to try out the latest features and help make Visual Studio even better. All new tools and platform support will be first released to “Preview”.

According to Microsoft, the Visual Studio and Visual Studio “Preview” can be installed side-by-side on the same device. If you are using extensions, you will need to reinstall them for each instance of Visual Studio. Note that installing both will not double the size of your Visual Studio installation because some components are shared between the two. Recently, the company also released Visual Studio 2017 for developers.

Visual Studio Preview features:

For early adopters

  • Visual Studio Preview has the most recent code pushes and may lead to the occasional broken build.

Frequent builds

  • New builds are available often with features, bug fixes, and other recently closed issues.


  • Preview installs next to your stable Visual Studio IDE, allowing you to use either independently.

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