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Microsoft rolls out Visual Studio Preview version 15.6 Preview 5

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2017 almost a year ago, and ever since, it has been pushing out a steady stream of updates to the platform. Today, the company has made 15.6 Preview 5 available to download. This preview of Visual Studio also includes the Preview SDK Build 17095 that was released on Tuesday as an optional component.

Below are part of the release notes, first up, the Known Issues:

  • Cannot deploy to a device: When attempting to deploy to a mobile device, it fails with the following error: DEP0001: Unexpected Error: SmartDeviceException – Class not registered [0x80131500]

To work around this issue:

  1. Go to Administrative Command Prompt
  2. Run REGSVR32 “\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\10\bin\10.0.17095.0\x86\SirepClient.dll”

The following tools are not included with this release:

  • Filtdump.exe
  • JSConstraintDebug.exe
  • Regwindmd.exe
  • Topedit.exe

And What’s New:

  • C++/WinRT Now Available: The C++/WinRT headers and cppwinrt compiler (cppwinrt.exe) are now included in the Windows SDK. The compiler comes in handy if you need to consume a third-party WinRT component or if you need to author your own WinRT components with C++/WinRT. The easiest way to get working with it after installing the Windows Insider Preview SDK is to start the Visual Studio Developer Command Prompt and run the compiler in that environment. Authoring support is currently experimental and subject to change. Stay tuned as we will publish more detailed instructions on how to use the compiler in the coming week.The ModernCPP blog has a deeper dive into the CppWinRT compiler. Please give us feedback by creating an issue at: https://github.com/microsoft/cppwinrt.

You can download the Visual Studio Preview here. In addition, Microsoft is looking for feedback on setup, known issues and integration, of which you can provide here on the developers forum. For new developer feature requests, you can use the Windows Platform Uservoice page.

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