Microsoft Terminate Visual Studio for Mac

Visual Studio Code for the Mac, once known as Mono Develop then Xamarin Studio, is being shut down by Microsoft. Visual Studio for Mac will continued to be supported with bug fixes and Apple platform updates for one more year.

Details from the announcement:

Today we are announcing the retirement of the Visual Studio for Mac IDE. Visual Studio for Mac 17.6 will continue to be supported for another 12 months, until August 31st, 2024, with servicing updates for security issues and updated platforms from Apple. While the decision has been made to retire Visual Studio for Mac, we remain committed to our developers on Mac with alternatives like the recently announced C# Dev Kit for VS Code and other extensions that will allow you to take advantage of our ongoing investments in .NET development on a Mac.

Developing Across OS Environments

Informed by ongoing user feedback and usage patterns for Visual Studio for Mac, we’re focusing our efforts on optimizing Visual Studio, accessible through Microsoft Dev Box on any operating system, and the C# Dev Kit for VS Code, which is accessible on any OS.

What does this retirement announcement mean for existing users?

With today’s announcement, we’re redirecting our resources and focus to enhance Visual Studio and VS Code, optimizing them for cross-platform development. No new framework, runtime, or language support will be added to Visual Studio for Mac. For the next 12 months, however, we will continue providing essential updates such as servicing updates for critical bug fixes, security issues, and updated platforms from Apple. We will also continue to provide runtime and workload updates so you can continue building and shipping applications built on .NET 6, .NET 7, and the Mono frameworks. While not officially supported, we’ve also enabled rudimentary support for .NET 8 in Visual Studio for Mac for building and debugging applications. We hope with these commitments and the investment in the alternatives below, we can minimize the disruption to your workflow on the Mac.

When will Visual Studio for Mac cease to be supported?

Visual Studio for Mac will no longer be supported starting August 31st, 2024. On that date, Visual Studio for Mac will be available as a legacy installation only via for users with Visual Studio subscriptions but will no longer be serviced or maintained. If you have any support agreements, you will continue to have access to technical support until August 31st, 2024.

Key Links

Visual Studio for Mac Homepage

Retirement Announcement

Visual Studio Code Homepage

C# Devkit For Visual Studio Code

Unity for Visual Studio Code Extension

You can learn more about the Visual Studio for Mac end of life and learn about the alternatives going forward in the video below.

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