Microsoft has just announced today that they would be launching the preview version of the Visual Studio Online, which is basically an online code editing software. The company is positioning this new software as a companion to its already successful Visual Studio program and the Visual Studio Code software.
The new service from Microsoft will be based on the program of the Visual Studio Code, which is Microsoft’s popular free software for open-source desktop code editing application. This means that the Visual Studio Online program will also be able to support all of the old extensions that are currently available for the Visual Studio Code software, as well as some other popular features like the Visual Studio Code workspaces. It will also have native support for the IntelliCode program, which the AI-assisted development tool from Microsoft, and it will also become generally available starting from today.
Microsoft has put a strong emphasis here so that the Visual Studio Online software can become a “companion” of the already popular Visual Studio Code software. This software was not developed to become a web developer’s default environment or software but Microsoft instead wants this software to be an option for developers to make quick edits on the fly as well as review a pull request or just join a Live Share session on the internet.
The Visual Studio Online name may sound familiar to some users, and that is because Microsoft has already used this name in the past and the company is now recycling this name for a different product. Not that long ago, the Visual Studio Online program was the company’s hub for all things that are related to DevOps, before the DevOps became a buzzword among the internet community. Just last year, Microsoft changed the Visual Studio Online name and renamed it to Azure DevOps, which meant that the Visual Studio Online name was left open for other purposes. The naming was confusing as Microsoft already had a software called Visual Studio, and every just assumed that the Visual Studio Online was an offshoot of that program, and so the name change became more relevant as users of the services can now use this service as a web-based version of the integrated development environment.
It is also worth noting that if you are someone who does not want to wait for the company to open the private preview to more users, then there are other options for you such as the startup company called Coder which can enable you to access a remote environment to experience the Visual Studio Code program.