Category Archives: Beta

Releases specifically targeted for the Beta Updater Channel.

Beta Release: 15.4 Beta 1

We are releasing the third 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 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

You can switch back to the non-preview versions at any time by launching your side-by-side non-preview installation of Visual Studio 2017 and switching to the Stable updater channel in Visual Studio for Mac and Visual Studio 2015 Tools for Xamarin.


15.4 Release Dates

Preview 1 – Aug 2nd 2017

Preview 2 – Aug 28th 2017

Preview 3 – This Release!

Stable Release: 15.3.2 Servicing Release

We are releasing a service release for our current major release called 15.3 into the Beta and Stable channels.

This release is now available as part of Visual Studio 2017 version 15.3 and in the Stable updater channels for Visual Studio 2017 for Mac and Xamarin for Visual Studio 2015.

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

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.

Bug reports are also welcome. If you see any suspicious behavior that you wish to report, please file a quick bug.


Products Released

  • Xamarin.VisualStudio 4.6.0.299
  • The only change in this version is to update the Xamarin.iOS and Xamarin.Android packages.

Included Fixes

This release targets 4 specific bugs that are the most commonly seen issues in the Xamarin 15.3 release:

  • 58789 and 58834 [Xamarin.iOS] – “error MT0000: Unexpected error – Please file a bug report …” and “error MT2102: Error processing the method … Value cannot be null” when attempting to build certain projects with linking enabled.
  • 57919 and 58625  [Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS] – “System.PlatformNotSupportedException: Operation is not supported on this platform” at System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal.IsComObject() when trying to use dynamic types.

Other Common Issues from the Xamarin 15.3 Release

In case it might also be useful for reference, here are a few other in-progress progress commonly seen issues being tracked by the Xamarin team from the Xamarin 15.3 release. This list is not exhaustive: It does not include every issue user-submitted issue reported since the time of the Xamarin 15.3 release.

  • 58226 (non-public) [Xamarin iOS Designer] – “MonoTouch.Design.Client.DesignerRemoteException: System.NotSupportedException: Could not parse xml” when attempting to open a storyboard or .xib file, for example after editing the file with Xcode.
    • Temporary workaround: Open the problematic file as text (for example via the context menu for the file in the Solution window), and then remove the device element from the top of the file. It typically looks something like:
      <device id="retina4_0" orientation="portrait">
          <adaptation id="fullscreen"/>
      </device>
  • 58829 [Xamarin.Android, Xamarin.iOS] – Application Output window flooded with “[Mono] worker parking, [Mono] worker unparking” messages when debugging with Android Emulator.
    • Temporary workaround: Set the MONO_LOG_LEVEL environment variable to message or higher.
      • For example, on Xamarin.Android in a command prompt using adb:
        adb shell setprop debug.mono.env "MONO_LOG_LEVEL=message"
      • For Xamarin.iOS, go to Project Properties > iOS Build > Additional Options > Additional mtouch arguments, and add:
        --setenv:MONO_LOG_LEVEL=message

Installing


Previous Versions

Using the latest versions is recommended. The previous versions of the Xamarin and Mono packages from the Xamarin 15.3 release are listed below for reference.

 

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 7

We are releasing the seventh preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

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.


15.3 Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – June 29th 2017

Preview 4 – July 12th 2017

Preview 5 – July 26th 2017

Preview 6 –  August 1st 2017

Preview 7 – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 6

We are releasing the sixth preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

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.


15.3 Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – June 29th 2017

Preview 4 – July 12th 2017

Preview 5 – July 26th 2017

Preview 6 – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 5

We are releasing the fifth preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

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.


15.3 Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – June 29th 2017

Preview 4 – July 12th 2017

Preview 5 – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 4

We are releasing the fourth preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

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.


Highlighted Known Issues

  • [Xamarin.VisualStudio] – “Unable to copy file “obj\Debug\App1.dll” to “bin\Debug\App1.dll”. The process cannot access the file ‘bin\Debug\App1.dll’ because it is being used by another process.” and “Exceeded retry count of 10. Failed”.
    • This issue originally appeared in the Xamarin 15.2 release and was fixed in the Xamarin 15.2.2 release. Unfortunately, the fix was accidentally omitted from these Xamarin 15.3 release preview builds. It will be included in the next published set of builds.

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.


15.3 Release Dates

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – June 29th 2017

Preview 4 – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 3

We are releasing the third preview of our next major release, called 15.3. This release is our stable release candidate and includes our next preview of Visual Studio for Mac.

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

Note also that the Xamarin extension versions included in the latest Visual Studio 2017 Preview version 15.3.0 Preview 3 are for the moment still the earlier Beta versions from June 26. The new matching Xamarin versions will be integrated into the Visual Studio Installer at a future date that follows the upstream VS 2017 Preview release schedule.

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

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – June 16th 2017

Preview 3 – This Release!

Beta Release: 15.3 Preview 2

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

Note that this Beta version is a smaller release compared to the current Alpha preview. In particular, it does not include the Xamarin Live Player, Docker, Azure Functions, or Xamarin IoT preview features announced at Build. Please stay on the Alpha channel if you wish to continue to preview those features.

Update for June 26: This release is now available as part of the June 26th – version 15.3.0 Preview 3 update for Visual Studio 2017 Preview as well as in the Xamarin updater channels.

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

Preview 1 – May 11th, 2017

Preview 2 – This Release

Stable Release: 15.2.3 Xamarin.VS Servicing Release

We are releasing a service release for Xamarin.VS as part of our current major release, called 15.2, into the Beta and Stable channels.

This release is now available in the Xamarin updater channels and as part of the June 9th – version 15.2 (26430.13) 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.


Products Released


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.

  • [Xamarin.VS] – In some environments, iOS and Android template projects are absent from the new project dialog, and trying to load a Xamarin.iOS project results in an error
    • This problem seems to be limited to certain existing Visual Studio environments. The issue might not affect any standard user installation scenarios. Any user who sees this issue, please feel free to submit a quick bug report with your environment details as a way to help tally the number of affected scenarios.

Installing

You can get this latest version by checking for updates on the Stable and Beta updater channels.


Upcoming Release Dates

Stable – May 10th 2017

Stable 2 – May 23rd 2017

Stable 3 – May 26th 2017

Stable 4 – This Release!

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!