Visual Studio 2022 17.4 Now Generally Available
Visual Studio 2022 17.4 has shipped, boasting first-time native support for Arm64 and working with the brand-new .NET 7.
Although native Arm64 support was previewed earlier, Microsoft said this is the first fully supported Arm64 version of the flagship IDE that will run natively, letting developers build and debug Arm64 apps on Arm-based processors.
Typically, the Arm architecture is used to build CPUs for low-power mobile devices, but it’s increasingly being used instead of x86-based architectures in larger devices. Arm64 is an extension — or evolution — of the ARM architecture that supports 64-bit processing, and Visual Studio 2022 is 64-bit software.
[Click on image for larger view.] Visual Studio 2022 17.4 (source: Microsoft).
Arm64 support was previewed in June with Visual Studio 2022 17.3 Preview 2, at the time supporting only these workloads:
Desktop development with C++ (for MSBuild-based projects)
.NET desktop development (WinForms, WPF) using both .NET Framework, and modern .NET.
.NET and web development
Now, the full gamut is supported as shown in the list below (with links to related Developer Community feature requests for more info):
“17.4 GA delivers a native Arm64 experience for Visual Studio that eliminates the need for emulation in most developer workflows,” Microsoft said in a Nov. 8 post specifically about Arm64 support. “While the improved x64 emulator helps the speed and performance of emulated apps on Arm devices, we know that the absolute best Arm developer experiences will be supported by tools that run natively on Arm64. We are building a comprehensive end-to-end Arm-native developer toolchain that will provide a fast, familiar, and highly productive managed and native developer experience for Arm-based…