The new Visual Studio 15 Preview 5 features a lot of nice upgrades (which you can read about here), but one of the biggest new changes is the installation experience.

How has the Visual Studio 2015 installer changed?

You can now select the type of development you'll be doing and install only the infrastructure necessary for that development. This means if you're only doing desktop (or web or mobile) you can select that option, and the installation completes much faster

For instance, the .NET desktop option provides support for WinForms, WPF, and console application, and the entire installation process takes about 15 minutes.

Select the type of development you'll be doing

How does the selected installation help me?

The biggest benefit is that if you need configure VM’s to test certain scenarios, you can get them up and running much quicker. Also, if you need additional resources for another development technology, you can re-launch the installer and add on additional technologies (like ASP.NET, UWP and Xamarin) as you need them.

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