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Download Visual Studio Community 8.4.0

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What's new in this version:

New Features:
Accessibility:
We made a number of changes to improve the accessibility of Visual Studio for Mac in this release including:
- Increasing contrast for text and icons throughout the IDE
- Improving keyboard navigation and shortcuts
- Refining focus order when navigating using assistive technologies
- Reducing the number of steps needed to move between certain elements on the Start Page while using VoiceOver
- The "Pin button" on the Start Page can now be accessed with VoiceOver
- Mitigating keyboard traps in Xamarin designer property panels and made previously inaccessible areas in those property panels accessible
- Completely rewriting previously inaccessible IDE components to make them accessible

Improving VoiceOver dictation and navigation throughout the IDE in the following areas and more:
- Recently used templates page
- Font picker
- Document view tabs
- Global Search Results
- Code editor
- Code snippets
- Updater
- Version control
- Project options

Web and Azure:
- We added support for ASP.NET Core Scaffolding
- We added support for editing .razor files
- We added support for provisioning Azure SignalR Service for Blazor Server projects during publish to Azure App Service
- We added support to Pack .NET Standard library projects

Editor:
- All files should now open in the new editor unless legacy editor is explicitly needed
- We fixed some performance leaks in the editor
- We updated to use the latest FSharp.CompilerService
- We improved support for .csx files
- We have added support for TypeScript 3.7, with new features like Optional Chaining and Nullish Coalescing
- Blazor support has improved IntelliSense and debugger integration

Shell:
- We have added a native and fully accessible (keyboard and VoiceOver) property pad control from the Android designer to the shell and enabled it by default for all solution items

Debugger:
- We have implemented native controls for the debugger tooltips, locals pad and watch pads, and the exception caught dialog which allowed for us to re-enable pinned watches in the editor

Xamarin:
- XAML Hot Reload for Xamarin.Forms is now on by default and built-in to the IDE. To learn more about XAML Hot Reload, see the XAML Hot Reload documentation
- You can now create Android App Bundles when publishing your Android applications in Visual Studio. App Bundles provide users with with optimized APKs per their device specifications when downloading an app from the Google Play Store or various Android App Stores
- You can now use an AndroidX migration wizard to convert your existing Android application to AndroidX from the Android Support Library
- You are now provided a set of common issues when editing your layouts inside the Android designer

Installer:
- The installer now supports dark theme
- The installer will now clean up older minor versions of .NET Core that were previously installed using the installer
- HAXM and AVD creation support have been removed from the installer. Creation of AVDs should be done using Visual Studio for Mac's device manager
- The installer, and Visual Studio for Mac, no longer supports macOS Sierra

Bug Fixes:
Shell and Tools:
We fixed the following issues with the IDE:
- We added notarization support for macOS Catalina
- Dialog locations are inconsistent
- The accounts Window is always on top, even when leaving Visual Studio for Mac
- The IDE opens in the wrong Desktop if the Start Window is dragged to a new desktop
- "New" is cut off at the bottom in the Start Window in some languages
- If you choose not to sign in on first run, you'll continually get prompted through the first run experience
- Hitting return in a search field doesn't search
- Tab key to change between views seems to be broken
- Visual Studio Community lacks UTF-8 (no signature) format
- Preferences menu item does not open
- We fixed an issue where extension manager cannot be closed once opened

Editor:
We fixed the following issues with editing source code:
- The IDE would re-default to "case sensitive" search
- When creating a breakpoint, selected lines would not be auto-filled
- Pinning properties in debug is broken
- When copy/pasting a word-wrapped line, only the first line would be copied
- The emoji selector would not display
- Commenting commands does not work in .js/.ts files
- We fixed an issue where code formatting in .js/.ts files could delete user code unexpectedly
- The insert line command (shift+enter) would not work
- The "Show quick info" and "Focus Document" commands would not work
- We removed some obsolete refactorings
- We fixed an issue where font weight was being ignored
- More msbuild files (such as .props) are now syntax-highlighted
- We fixed an issue where editor commands sometimes stopped working when tabs were moved into separate windows
- We fixed an issue where files sometimes opened scrolled to the right
- We fixed an issue where some tooltips were missing from Find
- We fixed an issue where quick info tooltips were not displayed for some properties
- Blazor support received several fixes to productivity features such as Go To Defintion and debugger tooltips
- The IntelliSense completion list now responds properly to text zoom commands

Web and Azure:
We fixed the following issues with .NET Core support:
- The Blazor template has been added to the New Project dialog
- Razor component and Worker Service templates added to New Item dialog
- Launch settings were previously generated with https but project doesn't support https
- When creating a new ASP.NET Core project the port number was not unique
- We improved ASP.NET Core project loading times, especially in projects with extensive File Nesting
- We fixed an issue where updating to 3.0 Azure Functions Templates in the Project Creation Wizard causes Azure Functions to disappear as an option

We fixed the following issues with Azure Functions support:
- Azure Functions was missing templates for AzureFunctionsVersion, v2

Version Control:
We fixed the following issues with Version Control:
- Cancelling an SVN checkout can accidentally delete user files

Project System:
We fixed the following issues with Projects:
- Manually adding DefaultTargets to csproj gets overridden when VS modifies the project
- Inconsistent naming for removal on files and projects
- Project context menu is missing "Add Reference"
- Renaming a file in the solution pad does not re-apply nesting rules
- Change title of window from "Edit References" to "References"
- Project model reports wrong references for certain projects
- We fixed an issue where Define Constants would not be defined correctly when defined in imported projects
- We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac could get stuck in a loop saving a project that was under source control

Debugging:
We fixed the following issues with Debugging:
- We added a missing "Debug All Tests" command
- Hovering over an expression may change the value of variables in the .NET Core debugger
- Opening the Exception Caught dialog makes the IDE hang
- We fixed an issue where pinning properties in debug doesn't work

Xamarin:
We fixed the following issues with the Xamarin support:
- Visual Studio for Mac reporting iOS specific classes, methods and enums unavailable in iOS
- We improved an unhelpful error message when signing an archive for distribution
- We fixed an issue where document outlines in storyboards are empty
- We fixed an error where the Xamarin.Forms multiplatform templates would add files to disk, but not add them to the solution itself
- We fixed an issue where Visual Studio for Mac was failing to upload Android archives to the Google Playstore with the message: "API has been deprecated"

Testing:
We fixed the following issues with Testing:
- "Show Test Source Code" does nothing if you right click a test class name
- "Run Test" does not run the test if a compile is required
- We fixed an issue where the debugger doesn't open a file on failure during test debugging

Installer:
- We squashed a handful of behind-the-scenes bugs in the installer

Updater:
We fixed the following issues with the updater:
- Progress indicator was empty after an unsuccessful download
- Updater does not wait for IDE to exit before installing updates

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