Based on Oct 21th news, Microsoft has launched a lightweight VS Code Web Preview that runs entirely in the browser, allowing developers to work directly with VS Code in the browser without using a locally installed version to develop.
Back in 2019, Microsoft applied for VS code.dev and redirected it to code.visualStudio.com during the.dev top-level domain open registration. But it wasn’t until Wednesday that Microsoft officially released A lightweight version of VS Code that runs entirely in the browser. This means developers can use browser-based VS Code to open folders on their local machine and start programming without installation. Users will now receive this lightweight version of VS Code when they open https://vscode.dev.
Browser-based VS Code provides the following experience:
- You can view and edit local files. You can quickly take notes (and preview) in Markdown. Even if your device is too limited to install the full VS Code, you can still use vscode.dev to view and edit local files.
- Code can be edited on low-power machines that are difficult to install, such as Chromebooks.
- It can be used on the iPad. In addition, you can upload/download files (and even store them in the cloud) and open the repository remotely with the built-in GitHub Repositories Extension.
In addition, browser-based VS Code also has built-in GitHub Repositories, Codespaces, and Pull Request extensions.
Differences from GitHub Dev
Here’s how browser-based VS Code differs from GitHub. Dev online editor:
GitHub dev is a custom instance of VS Code Web that is deeply integrated into GitHub. The URL format follows the /organization/repo format of github.com, and it is customized for GitHub. Allows users to edit a repO by simply changing the .com or .dev domain suffix with light and dark modes. In addition to the repository on GitHub, browser-based VS Code also supports Azure Repos as part of Azure DevOps.
“Bringing VS Code to the browser is a realization of the original vision of the development suite,” Microsoft said in a blog post. It’s also a fresh start for VS Code. All you need in the future is a computer with an Internet connection and a browser, where you can write code anytime, anywhere. I look forward to the future.”