Please see https://blog.xamarin.com/live-from-dotnetconf-cycle-7-xamarin-studio-6-and-more/ for an overview of the new features, and https://releases.xamarin.com/stable-release-cycle-7/ for the details about this release.
As always, be sure to search briefly through the Release Blog post, release notes, documentation, and previous bug reports for any existing answers. After that, choose the appropriate next step:
File a bug using the "Cycle 7" new bug form if you have found an issue that only happens on Cycle 7 (or if you have found an issue that you otherwise suspect is a bug).
Post a question on Stack Overflow if you have hit an issue and are not yet sure if it is a bug, or if you have a follow-up question about a new feature beyond what is covered in the documentation and release notes.
Post a reply directly in this forum discussion if you have a follow-up question or comment about this release that is not suitable for a bug report or Stack Overflow such as "What is in this release?", "When...?", or "Where...?"
You can install this new Stable version by checking for updates on the Stable updater channel.
You can downgrade back to the previous Cycle 6 Stable versions by manually reinstalling each old package. See the "Get the latest stable version of Cycle 6" section on your account page: https://store.xamarin.com/account/my/subscription/downloads#cycle6. If you have any trouble downloading the previous versions from that link, would like to install an older set of versions, or simply would prefer an email with all the installer links you need, feel free to contact
Important: If you switch back to the (Cycle 6) XamarinVS after trying Cycle 7, you must delete the following 2 files to pair again successfully with the Mac build host:
Otherwise you will get an error: "Unable to connect to Address... with User..." or "Private key is encrypted but passphrase is empty."
[Xamarin.VS] The Cycle 7 version of Xamarin.VS requires Microsoft Build Tools 2015 (or Visual Studio 2015) to be installed.
[Xamarin Studio] The Cycle 7 version of Xamarin Studio on Windows requires both Microsoft Build Tools 2013 (or Visual Studio 2013) and Microsoft Build Tools 2015 (or Visual Studio 2015) to be installed.