Category Archives: Alpha

Releases specifically targeted for the Alpha Updater Channel.

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!

 

Alpha Release: Xamarin Workbooks & Inspector 1.3.0-alpha2

Xamarin Workbooks and Inspector 1.3.0 Alpha 2 introduces a few small features and bug fixes over the previous 1.3.0 Alpha 1 release. Please see https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/interactive/interactive-1.3/ for more information. You can also see the latest builds in all channels at https://developer.xamarin.com/releases/current/.


Products Released

Stable Release: 15.2.2 Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.VS Hotfix

We are releasing a service release for Xamarin.Android and Xamarin.VS as part of our current major release, called 15.2, into the Alpha, Beta, and Stable channels to address this critical bug.

Update for May 30: This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the May 30th – version 15.2 (26430.12) update for Visual Studio 2017.

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.


Updating from Xamarin Studio to Visual Studio for Mac

Visual Studio for Mac is now generally available as announced at the Microsoft Build conference. It is the recommended environment for Xamarin developers on Mac moving forward. To get started with Visual Studio on Mac, download and run the Visual Studio for Mac installer. It will install Visual Studio for Mac as a new app alongside Xamarin Studio.


Products Released


Installing

You can get this latest version by checking for updates on the Stable updater channel and in Visual Studio 2017 by installing Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2 (26430.12).


Upcoming Release Dates

Stable – May 10th 2017

Stable 2 – May 23rd 2017

Stable 3 – This Release!

Alpha Release: 15.3 Preview 1

UPDATE (2017-05-11): We are releasing a Hotfix for Visual Studio for Mac. This new version (7.1.0.583) resolves the issue mentioned here.

We are releasing the first Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

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


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.


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha 1 – This Release!

 

Stable Release: 15.2

We are releasing the Stable build of our next major release, called 15.2 to the Alpha, Beta, and Stable channels.

This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the May 10th – version 15.2 update for Visual Studio 2017.

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.


Updating from Xamarin Studio to Visual Studio for Mac

As announced at the Microsoft Build conference, Visual Studio for Mac is now generally available. It is the recommended environment for Xamarin developers on Mac moving forward. Visual Studio for Mac has all the features of Xamarin Studio, adds cloud and web development, and contains improvements for cross-platform mobile development.

To get started with Visual Studio on Mac, download and run the Visual Studio for Mac installer. It will leave Xamarin Studio unchanged, update the other Xamarin packages to the current versions, and install the Visual Studio for Mac app. Xamarin Studio can continue to be used alongside Visual Studio for Mac if desired, but please note that debugging symbols in this 15.2 release are not backwards compatible with Xamarin Studio 6.3, so you will need to use Visual Studio for Mac to hit breakpoints and break where expected on unhandled exceptions.


Known Issues

There are some known issues and the possibility of new issues being found. Additional bug reports are still welcome for this stable version. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.

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

Update for May 17: See also the list of commonly reported issues from the Xamarin 15.2 release being tracked by the Xamarin team.

  • [Android SDK Manager]55943 – “The “Aapt” task failed unexpectedly”, “Error creating start-server process”, or other errors after updating Android tools via Xamarin’s Android SDK Manager due to incorrect file permissions that cause “Native error= Access denied” for various executables.
    • Manual workaround: Add the executable flag to the “ApplicationName” indicated in the log file that is missing the executable flag, for example by using chmod in a Terminal.app command prompt.
  • [Android SDK Manager] 55720 – On uninstalling Latest build of SDK Tools, All SDK tools are uninstalled.
    • A candidate fix will be included in an upcoming preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Products Released


Installing

You can get this latest version by checking for updates on the Stable updater channel and in Visual Studio 2017 by installing Visual Studio 2017 version 15.2.


Previous Versions for Visual Studio 2015 or Mac-only

Previous Versions for Visual Studio 2017

  • For Windows the previous versions and download locations are:

(Note that the previous available version of Visual Studio 2017 is the RTW version 15.0 rather than the 15.1 update to follow the Visual Studio update guidelines.)


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha 1 – April 6th 2017

Alpha 2 – April 11th 2017

Alpha 3 – April 19th 2017

Beta 1 – April 25th 2017

Beta 2 – May 3rd 2017

Stable – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.2 Preview 1

We are releasing the first Beta preview of our next major release, called 15.2. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Using the latest Visual Studio for Mac Preview 9 with this release is encouraged, but you can also continue to use Xamarin Studio if you prefer (though new previews of XS are not included in this release). If you are updating from Visual Studio for Mac Preview 5 or earlier, you’ll need to check for updates once to install the new Preview and then once more to get the new Xamarin Platform components. It should be noted that since VS for Mac is still in preview, it is not yet a fully supported product.

These latest Beta versions are now also available in Visual Studio 2017 Preview as part of the April 26 update (26424.02 – Preview).

This Beta release also includes an updated Xamarin Studio 6.3.0.864 build that notifies users that Visual Studio for Mac Preview is now available: “Visual Studio for Mac is Microsoft’s fully-featured IDE for developers on Mac. It has all the features of Xamarin Studio, adds cloud and web development, and contains improvements for cross-platform mobile development. Try the preview and let us know what you think!”

As this is a Beta 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


Installing the Beta and switching back to Stable

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


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha 1 – April 6th 2017

Alpha 2 – April 11th 2017

Alpha 3 – April 19th 2017

Beta 1 – This Release!

Alpha Release: 15.2 Alpha Preview 3

We are releasing the third Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.2. This release includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Using the latest Visual Studio for Mac Preview 8 with this release is encouraged, but you can also continue to use Xamarin Studio if you prefer (though new previews of XS are not included in this release). If you are updating from Visual Studio for Mac Preview 5 or earlier, you’ll need to check for updates once to install the new Preview and then once more to get the new Xamarin Platform components.

New: This Xamarin release is now also available in Visual Studio 2017 Preview as part of the April 20 update (26419.01 – Preview).

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


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.


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha 1 – April 6th 2017

Alpha 2 – April 11th 2017

Alpha 3 – This Release!

Alpha Release: 15.2 Alpha Preview 2

We are releasing the second Alpha preview of our next major release, called 15.2.

Using the latest Visual Studio for Mac Preview 7 with this release is encouraged, but you can also continue to use Xamarin Studio if you prefer (though new previews of XS are not included in this release). If you are updating from Visual Studio for Mac Preview 5 or earlier, you’ll need to check for updates once to install the new Preview and then once more to get the new Xamarin Platform components.

Note that this preview version is not yet available in Visual Studio 2017. This post will be updated within the next couple of days with the steps to try this release in Visual Studio 2017.  Edit: Unfortunately some new complications came up with the packaging process for Visual Studio 2017. Work is underway to resolve those issues, but in the mean time, if you use Xamarin.iOS in Visual Studio 2017, be sure to hold off for now on trying the preview versions on the Mac. (Otherwise you will run into some incompatibility errors such as “The root assembly … conflicts with another assembly”.) The Visual Studio Preview version 15.2 (26412.01) from April 17 does not yet include the Xamarin 15.2 Alpha preview component.

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


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.


Upcoming Release Dates

Alpha 1 – April 6th 2017

Alpha 2 – This Release!