Microsoft is working on a native Arm version of Visual Studio 2022 and VS Code.


Microsoft is working on Visual Studio 2022 and the default Arm64 version of VS Code. A preview version of the base version of Arm in Visual Studio 2022 will be available “in the next few weeks” and will be fully available later this year along with Arm64 .NET support.

Arm devices like the Surface Pro X were able to run Visual Studio via x64 emulation, but some features were not supported and performance was poor. Developers will want to hear more about native Arm support for Visual Studio 2022 and VS Code, and Microsoft is creating what they describe as “Arm-native toolchains”.

  • Full Visual Studio 2022 and VS Code
  • Visual C++
  • Latest .NET 6 and Java
  • Classic .NET Framework
  • windows terminal
  • WSL and WSA for running Linux and Android apps

Microsoft is building an Arm native toolchain.
Image: Microsoft

Along with this Arm-native push, Microsoft has once again worked with Qualcomm to create Arm-based developer devices. Project Volterra uses Snapdragon processors and neural processing units (NPUs) to enable developers to build cloud-native AI apps.

“We want to build cloud-native AI applications,” said Panos Panay, head of Windows and Devices. “We hope to help you take the first steps on this journey, with native Arm64 Visual Studio, .NET support, and Project Volterra coming later this year. Release tools.”

At last year’s Build developer conference, Microsoft worked with Qualcomm to create an Arm-based development kit that allows developers to build native Arm64 apps for Windows. Nevertheless, we are still waiting to see more Arm-based Windows devices and apps. Many developers are using Windows’ built-in Arm64 emulation to enable consumers and businesses to run their apps, and this is unlikely to change without a large installed base of Arm devices.

Microsoft is also opening an additional Microsoft Store at Build today. The company has opened the store to all app developers by removing the waiting list for win32 applications. We’ve seen tons of desktop apps popping up in the Microsoft Store with the release of Windows 11, and with the waitlist removed, we’ll see more apps popping up in the coming months.

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