Earlier this year, Microsoft announced at its Build Develop conference that it was working on a web version of the Visual Studio IDE. At that point, Visual Studio Online went into a private preview that was open to a small number of developers. Now the company has opened the service at its Ignite conference for all developers who want to try it out.
With Visual Studio Online, developers can quickly create a fully configured development environment for their repositories. From there you can use the web editor to work on your code.
“Visual Studio Online brings together Visual Studio, cloud-based development environments, and a web-based publisher that’s accessible from anywhere so developers can work more productively than ever before,” Microsoft said. “With development becoming more collaborative and open-source workflows such as pull requests increasingly common, developers need to be able to move quickly between code bases and projects without losing productivity.”
In its current form, the service is deeply integrated with Microsoft’s GitHub (no surprises in this country). However, the company notes that developers can also connect their own physical and virtual machines to their Visual Studio-based environments. Developers can also create these online environments directly with Visual Studio Code, the free code editor that the company increasingly uses for Windows, Mac, and Linux.
The preview will now show cloud environments and support for Visual Studio Code extensions.
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