Visual Studio 2017 has a re-designed the start page that prioritizes and rearranged items, which made it cleaner and easy to access on the things that you need to get it started. Be it a Most Recent Used (MRU) project lists, opening an existing project or even choosing the project template for your new project – start page has everything arranged and categorized. Additionally, there is also a “Developer News” section that gives you latest and relevant post related to Visual Studio (same as News section of the earlier versions of Visual Studio).
If you want, you can make this section collapsed, in case you don’t follow the feeds from there, or there is no updated feed for now. Making this section collapsed also give you cleaner and focused view of the start page.
Personally, sometimes, I follow the updates from developer news in Visual Studio, when there is any feature or product update, and then kept it collapsed. Now, if you think, by keeping it collapsed, you may miss something recent news – you don’t need to worry. In case there are any updates, the developer news section shows an orange icon to indicate there is an update since the last time the developer news was collapsed.
Expand yet, read the news and collapsed it back! You will get the notification again when there is an update. This is a small feature, and I observed it recently. So, thought to share with you all.
Hope you found it helpful too.