VS Code Is Now Available As a Web App

Microsoft has released an online version of Visual Studio Code that can be accessed in any web browser to make it easier for developers to use its feature-rich code editor. The code editor, which is currently available at vscode.dev, allows developers to access and use a lighter version of VS Code on their Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook, or even iPad using their chosen web browser.


Microsoft just announced the launch via an official blog post. The web version of the VS Code editor is being dubbed a “zero-installation local development tool” by the business since it allows developers to install extensions and sync their settings using a GitHub or Microsoft account login. They are not required to install the code editor on their device locally.


Microsoft highlighted different circumstances in which developers can use the web edition of VS Code in the blog post. These include reading and editing local files for quick notes, developing client-side HTML, JavaScript, and CSS apps using the browser tools for debugging, and editing code on systems that do not allow users to readily install VS Code, such as earlier Chromebooks that never acquired Linux support.


Microsoft claims that with the release of vscode.dev [website], they are finally realizing the original purpose of delivering a development tool that can run totally serverless in the browser.


Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge are the only two web browsers that presently support the code editor’s File System Access APIs. Users will be able to upload and download files through the browser itself if any browser does not support the File System Access APIs.


While the accessibility of the Visual Studio Code editor in web browsers is great, it does have certain drawbacks. To begin with, the majority of the extensions do not function properly because they have not been updated to run as web extensions. However, Microsoft intends to improve VS Code on the web in the coming months in order to make it more useful for developers.


Bringing VS Code on the web is the realization of the product’s initial vision. It’s also the beginnings of something altogether fresh. The core for a future when we may actually edit anything from anywhere, according to the tech giant, is an ephemeral editor that is open to anybody with a browser and an internet connection.


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