The new Xamarin stack with Visual Studio for Mac (instead of Xamarin Studio) is now generally available for everyone, no invite is required anymore!
You can change the Stack on the
Settings tab of the app on https://www.bitrise.io . This new stack option is called
Visual Studio for Mac, Stable channel, on macOS right now (might change in the future to include Xamarin in its name).
The stack is prepared the same way as the Xamarin Studio ones, meaning it's built on top of the latest fully provisioned Xcode (stable) stack, and so it has the same non-Xamarin tool versions (NodeJS, CocoaPods, etc.).
Update schedule for this stack is the same as for the Xamarin Studio ones, we'll apply the latest available Visual Studio for Mac updates on it every week. For more details please see:
The same things described for Xamarin apply for this new Visual Studio for Mac stack.
In fact this stack will replace the previous Xamarin Studio stacks eventually. We'll start deprecating the Xamarin Studio stacks in the coming weeks, keeping the Xamarin Studio options for a while but registering new Xamarin projects with the Visual Studio for Mac stack (instead of the Xamarin Studio stack), and eventually move everyone from the Xamarin Studio stacks to the Visual Studio for Mac one.
We'll keep monitoring the error rates of these stacks and if you have any issues on this new Visual Studio for Mac stack please let us know! We won't remove the Xamarin Studio stacks until we manage to fix all issues caused by the Xamarin Studio -> Visual Studio for Mac change, but we definitely will remove the Xamarin Studio stacks in a couple of weeks, once we don't have any known issues caused by this tool change. So, if you can, please try this new stack as soon as possible and report any issues you have. Otherwise we'll auto-migrate all Xamarin Studio projects to this new stack during the next two weeks (keeping the option to switch back to the Xamarin Studio stack if you need it), and once all issues are fixed we'll start to remove the Xamarin Studio stacks.
As always, if you have any questions or feedback just let us know!