Alpha Release: 15.4 Alpha 1

We are releasing the first preview of our next major release, called 15.4. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that in this release of Visual Studio for Mac, the Azure Functions and Xamarin IoT preview features are disabled. These preview features are now available separately via the extension gallery. See the steps under Preview Capabilities on the corresponding Visual Studio blog post for details on how to enable those features.

As this is an Alpha build, there are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found during testing. Of course, additional bug reports are still welcome for these preview versions. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

If you notice an error in this blog post or have trouble downloading one of the installer packages, please let us know in the corresponding forum thread.

Please check out the product release notes to see all the fixes and known issues for this release.


Products Released

  • Xamarin.VisualStudio 4.7.0.827
  • Includes updates to the latest Xamarin.iOS, Xamarin.Android, and Xamarin.Mac versions.
  • Release notes forthcoming
  • iOS Simulator on Windows 1.1.3.21
  • Release notes forthcoming

Installing the Alpha and switching back to Stable

You can install this new Alpha version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.

Install steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

Ensure that you have installed the latest Visual Studio 2017 Preview version, and then follow the steps to install the Xamarin Updater extension and apply the available updates.

(This approach with a custom updater extension will be replaced in the future by an upcoming built-in mechanism within Visual Studio 2017 Preview itself.)

Uninstall steps for Visual Studio 2017 Preview

If you wish to switch back from these early previews to the default Xamarin versions bundled in Visual Studio 2017 Preview, use the Visual Studio Installer to un-install, and then re-install, the Mobile development with .NET (Xamarin) workload.


15.4 Release Dates

Preview 1 – This Release!