Visual Studio Online: Microsoft moves its IDE to the cloud


On the occasion of the official launch of Visual Studio 2013 in New York, Microsoft lifted the veil on a variation of its development environment on Azure.

At the official launch of Visual Studio 2013 in New York, Microsoft announced a variation of its development environment Studio in cloud mode. Called Visual Studio Online, this edition is primarily designed to facilitate collaboration within development teams. It is presented as an extension of Team Foundation Services cloud collaboration services. Visual Studio Online also brings a load testing service (in pre-release).

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S. Somasegar, vice president of Microsoft’s developer division, at the launch of Visual Studio Online in New York © Capture

The new environment combines consoles to monitor the status of developments, builds, tests … All accessible through a stripped interface, offering the possibility to get in touch with the members of his team.

“Visual Studio Online allows a complete synchronization of the context and configuration between different workstations and client machines. It is also possible to easily retrieve the source code shared locally, but also to manage its builds with Git”, comments S. Somasegar, vice president of the developer division of Microsoft.

Visual Studio Online Monaco: a 100% online HTML editor

Other announcements made by the editor: a monitoring service for web applications on Azure (in private beta), combining indicators of availability, access time … And especially an online editor for the development of sites hosted on Azure or mobile web applications. Called Visual Studio Online Monaco, “it is a lighter version of the Visual Studio editor for rapid development,” says Somasegar.

Supporting HTML and CSS, Visual Studio Online Monaco offers the main features of a code editor (auto-completion, syntax coloring, multiple replacements …). It also supports JavaScript, but also TypeScript: a highly typed superset of JavaScript improving class management, error detection and auto-completion. Visual Studio Online Monaco is in any case the first 100% online code editor created by Microsoft. An initiative that joins that of Eclipse around the Orion project.

Presented as a real technological breakthrough within the Windows Azure galaxy, Visual Studio Online is offered free of charge to development teams with no more than five members. MSDN subscribers will also be able to use it at no extra cost.


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Visual Studio Online combines consoles to monitor the progress of developments, builds, tests … Capture
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Visual Studio Online Monaco offers the main features of a code editor (auto-completion, syntax coloring, multiple replacements…) © Capture


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