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Microsoft has announced the private preview launch of Visual Studio Online. Visual Studio Online is an online code editor that is created in addition to Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, writes TechCrunch.

The service is based on the popular free and open source desktop code editor Visual Studio Code. This means that Visual Studio Online also supports all extensions now available for Visual Studio Code, as well as popular features such as Visual Studio Code workspaces.

In addition, there is built-in support for IntelliCode. That’s a set of features built around artificial intelligence that should help developers work faster. For example, according to Microsoft, custom models are designed to improve the capabilities of IntelliSense, a code completion tool that allows developers combined with the IntelliCode functionality to write parts of their code automatically.

IntelliCode is now widely available.


The emphasis here is on the word ‘addition’. Visual Studio Online is not meant to be the standard environment of a developer. Instead, it is a way to make quick adjustments, check a pull request or to participate in a Live Share session.

Moreover, the name Visual Studio Online is not new. Previously, Visual Studio Online was Microsoft’s hub for everything to do with DevOps, before DevOps became a buzzword. Last year it was renamed after Azure DevOps, making the name Visual Studio Online available for other applications.

According to TechCrunch, because of the name, people already assumed that Visual Studio Online was a web-based version of the integrated development environment, and then became disappointed when they found out that this was not the case. However, there are already startups like Coder that offer users a remote Visual Studio Code environment.

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