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GitHub pulls the plug on Atom to pave way for Visual Studio Code

GitHub pulls the plug on Atom to pave way for Visual Studio Code

To favor the feisty success of Microsoft VS Code, the GitHub of Microsoft bids farewell to the best coder amongst all, its own Atom Editor!

People are shocked by the overwhelming farewell of the best code editor (open-source) of the decades, Atom.

Background of Atom

The code editor, Atom, was developed and released by the GitHub team (an independent team then). It was released in 2014 and was a massive success for GitHub’s coding programmers.

Atom’s smooth UI, neat features, and useful add-ons are what every developer covets. Despite going through head-to-head fierce competition with Microsoft’s open-sourced editor for VS code, it remained the most favorite coder.

In spite of Microsoft’s VS Code’s increasing popularity, the professional coders and developers seemed committed to Atom until Microsoft’s 2018 acquisition of GitHub.

Unfortunately, Atom started to lose its spark during the past four years. Essentially, it remained to be stale with no significant development. While on the other hand, Microsoft’s VS Code became more attractive with exciting features in every update.

It was all so obvious. VS Code (branded by Microsoft) was taking over Atom. Even though there aren’t any stats that can back this claim, Atom did encounter a huge decline in its userbase.

The VS Code has now become every young developer’s default editor. It was inevitable that Microsoft would pull the strings on Atom.

GitHub puts an end to Atom

On 8th June 2022, GitHub finally announced that its Atom project will be archived completely by 15th December 2022.

“We’ve decided to retire Atom in order to further our commitment to bringing fast and reliable software development to the cloud via Microsoft Visual Studio Code and GitHub Codespaces.”

This is all that’s known so far. It is unlikely that is will resurrect at any point, and if it does, it won’t be the same anymore.