Microsoft celebrates 20 years of Visual Studio

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Microsoft announced  that it’s celebrating 20 years of Visual Studio, and in doing so, introduced a launch date for Visual Studio 2017, which will be available on March 7 Neowin reports.

According to the Neowin, Visual Studio 97 was the first version of the IDE, and it launched in, you guessed it, 1997. Back then, it was a suite of applications, such as Visual Basic 5.0, Visual C++ 5.0, and more. It was followed by Microsoft Visual Studio 6.0, which included a similar suite, and then .NET was launched.

Visual Studio .NET marked major changes for the IDE. It introduced a new language, C#, and a drastically changed Visual Basic .NET. Apps were no longer compiled into machine language.

Instead, they’d be compiled through the .NET Framework, allowing them to run on more platforms.

This was the beginning of the modern Visual Studio that we know today, even though the ‘.NET’ was dropped from the name with Visual Studio 2005. Of course, there have been numerous improvements to the IDE since then, such as the ability to build WinRT apps in 2012 and UWP apps in 2015.

This was the beginning of the modern Microsoft Visual Studio that we know today, even though the ‘.NET’ was dropped from the name with Visual Studio 2005. Of course, there have been numerous improvements to the IDE since then, such as the ability to build WinRT apps in 2012 and UWP apps in 2015.

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