This thread has now been closed to direct all further updates about this service release onto the new Beta release thread:
Reason for release: Additional bug fixes for the "Cycle 5" Stable Release on April 29 and the previous Cycle 5 Service Releases. (See the release blog for a short description of "Cycles" and "Service Releases.")
Date published: See https://releases.xamarin.com/.
NOTE: Alpha versions have not yet completed the full suite of tests by the Xamarin QA team. That said, customer reports of any regressions (or bugs that are incorrectly marked fixed) are still much appreciated, even if the problem would have eventually been caught during the full QA testing process.
You can downgrade back to the current Stable version by switching updater channels.
If needed, you can downgrade back to older versions (from before April 29) by manually reinstalling each old package. See the "Previous versions, downgrading" section on the April 29 Stable release thread for the older downgrade links.
This first post will be updated regularly.
Hopefully this thread will help answer "what might break if I update to this release?"
If you find a new problem that is specific to this version, please file a bug report.
Please discuss older bugs that are unchanged in this release compared to the previous Stable version in Bugzilla instead.
Of course for questions and discussions about topics other than bugs, feel free start new forum threads.
EDIT July 24: Update version numbers for new Alpha builds.