Check out the release rhythm to learn about the overall release model.
Yes, Visual Studio and Visual Studio “Preview” can be installed side-by-side on the same device.
Visual Studio will notify you that a new update is available by raising the notification flag in the title bar of the IDE.
We strongly encourage everyone to adopt these updates as soon as possible.
Updates to Visual Studio 2017 fall into two general categories: Both minor and servicing updates are supported and ready to be used in production environments.
What is new, however, is the ability to install a preview release next to, and independently of, a regular release (“side by side”).These Build Tools allow you to build native and managed MSBuild-based applications without requiring the Visual Studio IDE. This package installs run-time components of Visual C libraries and can be used to run such applications on a computer even if it does not have Visual Studio 2017 installed.There are options to install the Visual C compilers and libraries, MFC, ATL, and C /CLI support, and . With Visual Studio 2017, we slightly adjusted how we ship from Visual Studio 2015.We have moved away from large quarterly updates with servicing releases on top of those, to smaller and more frequent minor updates that will have servicing releases.
Our release notes highlight all addressed customer feedback for each release, providing another opportunity to learn more about the improvements we implemented based on your feedback.