Visual Studio 2022 17.1 reaches general availability

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Visual Studio 2022 17.1 has entered general availability and comes packed with not only fixes for existing issues but also changes and new features designed to help with productivity. Here are the highlights of the latest VS22 experience.

Indexed Find in Files is now enabled by default for speedier searching (however, it can be disabled if you really don’t want it). There’s also a new feature for autosaving that’ll hopefully prevent you from losing any valuables.

Here’s what Microsoft has to say about the feature and how it affects the Documents page (pictured above): “By selecting ‘Automatically save files when Visual Studio is in the background’ on this page, any time Visual Studio loses focus, it will try to save every dirty document in the IDE including project, solution, and even other miscellaneous files.”

Beyond those items, prepare for new Git features. You can compare other repository branches against your current one, enjoy enhanced detached head support, and more. There’s an entirely separate blog post dedicated just to the Git features, in case you want a more in-depth roundup of what’s new than what the general announcement availability post spotlights.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio 2022 17.2 preview has also launched, meaning if you want to stay ahead of the general availability crowd, you can. Here’s what it includes:

  • Bug fixes and improvements for .NET MAUI development
  • Continued enhancements in the Git experience
  • Support for new C# 11 refactorings, such as a new language feature called raw string literals
  • New capabilities for local development with your data using SQLite, Postgres, and MongoDB data sources

As always, Microsoft requests your feedback on the state of Visual Studio, so don’t hold back.

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