Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 Release Notes

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 Release Notes
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What’s New in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3

Support Timeframe

This version is now out of support. For more information about Visual Studio support, please review the Support Policy for Visual Studio 2019.

Refer to the latest version of the release notes or visit the Visual Studio site to download the latest supported version of Visual Studio 2019.

Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3 Releases

Archived Release Notes

Visual Studio 2019 Blog

The Visual Studio 2019 Blog is the official source of product insight from the Visual Studio Engineering Team. You can find in-depth information about the Visual Studio 2019 releases in the following posts:


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.10 New release icon

released November 20, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.10


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.9

released November 12, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.9


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.8

released November 5, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.8


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.7

released October 29, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.7


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.6

released October 22, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.6


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.5

released October 15, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.5


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.4

released October 10, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.4


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.3

released October 8, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.3


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.2

released October 1, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.2

  • Corrected an issue with Xcode 11 support.

Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.1

released September 25, 2019

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.1


Release Notes Icon Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.0

released September 23, 2019

Summary of What’s New in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3

Top Issues Fixed in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.0


Details of What’s new in Visual Studio 2019 version 16.3.0

.NET Framework 4.8

The .NET Framework 4.8 development tools have been added to support targeting .NET Framework 4.8. The .NET Framework 4.8 offers several new features and improvements as well as numerous reliability, stability, security, and performance fixes. Find more details about the .NET Framework 4.8 in the .NET Framework 4.8 blog announcement

.NET productivity

  • Developers can now rename a file when renaming an interface, enum, or class. Place the cursor in the class name and type (Ctrl + R,R) to open the Rename dialogue and check the ‘Rename file’ box.

Rename containing file when renaming a class
Rename containing file when renaming a class

  • You can now Edit and Continue support for multi-targeted projects which includes modules loaded multiple times in the same process on different domains or load contexts. In addition, developers can edit source files even when the containing project is not loaded or the application is running.
  • You can now wrap chains of fluent calls with a refactoring. Place your cursor on a call chain and press (Ctrl+.) to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu. Select either Wrap call chain or Wrap and align call chain.

Wrap call chain
Wrap Call Chain

  • Users can now introduce a local variable immediately after writing its initializer. First, write an expression. Then place the cursor in the expression name and press (Ctrl+.) to trigger the Quick Actions and Refactorings menu. Select the option to introduce a local variable.

Introduce a local variable
Introduce Local Variable After Writing Initializer

  • There is now .NET Core tooling support for analyzers. Users can add the most recommended analyzer package by right clicking on the project name within the solution explorer and select properties. Select Code Analysis to install the analyzer package and to configure when to run code analysis.

.NET Core Tooling Analyzer Support
.NET Core Tooling Analyzer Support

  • Previously, we added IntelliSense completion for unimported types. This feature came with the option to turn it off for users who did not want unimported types always populating their IntelliSense. Now, for users who turn off the completion for unimported types, it’s much easier to get it back in the completion list with the new imported type filter added to the IntelliSense toggles.

IntelliSense completion list expander
IntelliSense completion list expander

IntelliSense completion list expander triggered
IntelliSense Completion List Expander Triggered

  • There is now Quick Info style support for XML comments. Place the cursor over the method name. Quick Info will then display the supported styles from the XML comments above the code.

Quick info style support for XML comments
Quick Info style support for XML comments

WPF/UWP Tooling

Customers building WPF/UWP applications will see the following improvements in Visual Studio XAML tooling:

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