Today Microsoft announced the release of Microsoft Visual Studio for Mac, bringing its mobile-first, cloud-first development tool for .NET and C# to Apple products for the first time. A few hours later they pulled the announcement notice down.
Visual Studio is a platform tool for developers. By making it work across platforms, Microsoft will hopefully be able to encourage developers who work on Macs to build their apps for Windows as well.
You can find the original announcement via Google cache. While Visual Studio will be coming to Mac in mostly the same format as its found on Windows, there will be some minor differences.
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At its heart, Visual Studio for Mac is a macOS counterpart of the Windows version of Visual Studio. If you enjoy the Visual Studio development experience, but need or want to use macOS, you should feel right at home. Its UX is inspired by Visual Studio, yet designed to look and feel like a native citizen of macOS. And like Visual Studio for Windows, it’s complemented by Visual Studio Code for times when you don’t need a full IDE, but want a lightweight yet rich standalone source editor.
There are some reasons Microsoft might have pulled down the announcement, from changing features to an internal schedule. Either way, you’ll see it debuted later this week at its Connect developer event.
H/T Tech Crunch