Microsoft will hold the worldwide Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event online on April 2nd 2019. Visual Studio extensions will also have to be updated for VS2019.
Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2019 Preview version at its 2018 Connect event. This version includes Visual Studio Live Share by default as part of the installation. Visual Studio 2019 Preview may be downloaded from visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/preview/. System requirements and release notes are also available.
Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has been renamed to Azure DevOps as of September 2018. Microsoft offers guidance on conversion from Team Foundation Server (TFS) to Azure DevOps Services. Features within VSTS have been given new Azure DevOp names as well.
User settings can be changed by logging into app.vsaex.visualstudio.com.
Visual Studio Live Share (VS Live Share or VSLS) is a development project tool to allow team collaborative editing of source code within Microsoft Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code. VSLS is currently in preview or pre-release mode as a Visual Studio Marketplace extension and may become a paid product in the future.
More information can be found here:
Extensions for the Microsoft Visual Studio suite of products can be found at marketplace.visualstudio.com. Extensions add support for languages not included in Visual Studio, aid in IDE development, or perform a specific task.
Some current popular extensions are:
Extensions can be free, preview, or paid. Paid extensions are often charged per user per month. Preview extensions are eventually converted to paid extensions. Extensions are either written by Microsoft, third party vendors, or individual developers.
More information can be found at code.visualstudio.com/docs/extensions/overview.
Microsoft announced the release of both Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 and Visual Studio for Mac 7.3 on December 4th 2017. Complete release notes for Visual Studio 2017 15.5 and Visual Studio for Mac 7.3 were also made available.
Visual Studio Community is a free version designed for students, open-source and individual developers. Microsoft has created a comparison list of the differences between this version, Visual Studio Professional, and Visual Studio Enterprise.
The Visual Studio Subscriptions Portal at my.visualstudio.com allows you to manage your Visual Studio subscription, including product keys, tools, and support.
Microsoft has released a list of products that will no longer be supported in 2018, including:
A full list can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4043450/products-reaching-end-of-support-for-2018.
Microsoft has released an updated set of free Technology e-Books on various subjects. The full list can be found here.