Microsoft has announced the release of Visual Studio 15 Preview 4, which forms part of developer tools and services. Responding to media, John Montgomery, director of program management for Visual Studio revealed that the main attraction of the latest release is the integration of a lighter installation disk. The new release will be less in total disk capacity when compared to previous counterparts.
Montgomery revealed that the installer will be around 500MB. Earlier, the installer measured 6GB in size. You should also note that the product team has eliminated .NET core and Azure tooling. However, rest of the Visual Studio 2015 features are still available.
The new installation engine has been designed in such a way that it should be lighter and customizable. This will enable users to install the important tools you need to install.
Microsoft has only provided the core elements of Visual Studio such as the shell, code editor, managed and native debugger engines, and source-code control. Moreover, the Preview 4 provides an enhanced start page experience including improvements to feedback mechanisms.
In a statement, Microsoft has warned users against installing the preview in production machines. You should also remove all the previous preview editions before launching the setup process.