Microsoft announced several updates and improvements to Visual Studio today. Multiple new features will help developers communicate and work together to create and implement code. First, Visual Studio Live Share now supports text and voice chat in public preview. Second, Visual Studio Codespaces, which was previously known as Visual Studio Online, has lower pricing for all instance types. Additionally, GitHub Actions for Azure are now integrated with Visual Studio Code, Azure CLI, and in the Azure Portal. Visual Studio Codespaces can now be accessed from Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio (Private Preview), or in a browser-based editor.
Visual Studio Live Share allows developers to collaborate and co-edit code. It can be used to coordinate coding efforts and debug in real time. With the addition of text and voice chat, developers can communicate more efficiently. Visual Studio Live Share now also supports sharing running apps. These new features should help developers work more within a single program rather than having to jump between apps to communicate and work. Developers can retain their personal editor preferences and their own cursor, so they can work together or independently within a shared space.
Microsoft recently renamed Visual Studio Online to Visual Studio Codespaces. As part of that announcement, Microsoft shared that lower prices are available starting today. The name change occurred to help people understand that Visual Studio Codespaces is more than an « editor in a browser. » People can now access Codespaces from more devices through Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio (Private Preview), or from a browser-based editor. Additionally, Codespaces is now available in GitHub in private preview.
Microsoft broke down new pricing for Visual Studio Codespaces in its announcement of the Visual Studio Online name change. Starting today, if you use a Standard Linux instance type (4 cores, 8GB RAM), it will cost you $0.17 per hour. Previously, a Standard Linux instance type costs $0.45 per hour. Premium Linux instance types (8 cores, 16GB RAM) cost $0.34 per hour now compared to their previous rate of $0.87 per hour. Microsoft points out that these prices are approximate, and you can use the Azure pricing calculator to determine how much it will cost. That calculator will be updated by Build 2020, which starts today.
Although it’s too early for a review, here are some initial benchmarks from the new Surface Book 3 15-inch with a Core i7 and NVIDIA GeForce 1660 Ti (Max-Q) and how it compares to Surface Book 2 and other premium laptops. Spoiler: While the CPU is just OK, that 1660 Ti definitely bumps up the Book 3’s potential.
Fluid components allow people to work on contents like tables and charts outside of apps. They’re open-source, will eventually work with third-party apps, and they’re the next step of Microsoft’s productivity vision.
Last year, Microsoft announced that it was working on an open-source terminal app for Windows 10 with support for multiple command line executables, including PowerShell, Windows Subsystem for Linux, and Azure Cloud Shell. Today, Microsoft is announcing that Windows Terminal is now ready for enterprise use with its 1.0 release.
To really maximize the ability of the Surface Pen and Slim Pen, there are some essential apps you should check out. We’ve rounded up the best right here for a variety of purposes.
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