7 Visual Studio 2022 Features That Will Change Your Life

Visual Studio 2022 Version 17.0 release candidate and preview are here, with the full launch slated for November 8, 2021.

Let’s review the top features that are going to make a dev’s life so much easier.

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1. .NET 6

The most exciting feature is the inclusion of .NET 6, which is scheduled for release in early November 2021. .NET 6 enables the creation of multiplatform applications and will incorporate specific frameworks for Android and Mac.


The Visual Studio 2022 framework is .NET MAUI. MAUI is a cross-platform framework for creating native desktop, mobile, XAML, and C# applications on any operating system. MAUI will replace Xamarin forms. Additional function will allow users to create desktop applications using Blazor.

dotnet maui

3. 64-Bit Application

For the first time, Visual Studio 2022 offers a 64-bit application, and no longer has a 4 GB limitation of memory for the primary devenv.exe process. If you want to use a 32-bit application, you can run and debug the application.

Open, edit, run, and debug the largest and most complex solutions without running out of memory.

Unrestricted access to all PC memory results in better performance and fewer out-of-memory errors. Microsoft says it makes every part of the workflow faster and more efficient – from loading solutions to debugging F5.

4. Better Usability

The new user interface is refreshed and modernized, and utilizes lighter icons for the light and dark versions of the interface. Users now have hundreds of options to customize with changes - reducing complexity and decreasing the cognitive load. Look for these additions as well:

  • Updated icons for better clarity, consistency, readability, and contrast
  • Cascadia Code increases readability with a new fixed-width font and improved themes
  • Integration with Accessibility Insights detects accessibility issues before the software reaches end-users
  • Customizatize the VS experience with IDE settings and the ability to synchronize settings between devices


5. Hot Reload

The Hot Reload feature allows UI modification while the project debugs, and applies the changes without a restart debugging.

hot reload

6. IntelliCode is Even Better

Automatically complete larger code chunks (up to a whole line at a time) with IntelliCode. As Visual Studio states, “Leverage the wisdom of nearly half of million open source repos’ code patterns”.

We say, “Yes, please.”

7. Enhanced Debugging

Visual Studio 2022 is a friend to the developer, with the new debugging tool that diagnose issues quickly. You can use async visualizations, automatic analyzers, time travel debugging, and more.

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