Heavens! Microsoft releases Visual Studio Code for Linux and Mac OS X (and Windows)
Satya Nadella’s Microsoft is a lot different from the Microsoft he took charge of from Steve Ballmer last year. It’s open, it’s bold, and it’s kicking. At the ongoing Build 2015 developer conference, the Redmond-based software mammoth announces the launch of Visual Studio Code, a cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud apps. The interesting bit? In addition to Windows, the Visual Studio Code runs on Linux as well as Apple’s Mac OS X desktop platform. Also, it’s free and you can download a technical preview of it right here.
The full-fledged Visual Studio is still Windows-only, but with the new Code the company is opening up to other platforms. The idea is simple. A lot of people use Linux and Mac, so let’s make a development environment that could support their preferred platform.
In addition, Microsoft is also making new previews of Visual Studio 2015, and Application Insights, a new app-monitoring feature developed to be used in conjunction with Visual Studio Online available for download today.
The new Visual Studio 2015 facilitates cross-platform app development through Apache Cordova, Xamarin, and C++. Other interesting features include Git integration, code completion, and improved debugging capability.