This thread has now been closed to direct further updates about this release onto the latest announcement:
Please see https://releases.xamarin.com/alpha-preview-6-cycle-8/ for the details about this release.
This is an early preview version, so it likely contains a number of issues that will be caught and fixed during the normal internal testing and development process. Of course additional bug reports are still welcome.
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 8 Preview" new bug form if you have found an issue that only happens on Cycle 8 (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...?"
(This "bug reports and questions" section is new compared to previous forum release announcements. It is based on the list of recommendations from https://blog.xamarin.com/contest-get-answering-on-stack-overflow/.)
You can install this new Alpha version or switch back to the current Stable version by changing updater channels.
Important: If you switch back to the older Cycle 6 versions of XamarinVS (from before June) after trying this version, 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."
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