visual-studio-code-1Short Bytes: Microsoft has made tons of announcements and launches at its Connect(); Developers Conference 2015. The company has open sourced its Visual Studio Code and released a new and free program for developers called Visual Studio Dev Essential.

At its Connect(); Developers Conference 2015 in New York City, Microsoft had a lot to share. The company took this opportunity to open source its Visual Studio Code and launched a free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program.

Also, the developers can now debug apps running on Linux servers. Microsoft launched a preview of a Visual Studio extension that brings remote debugging capabilities using Linux software GDB.

Visual Studio Code is Microsoft’s free and cross-platform Chromium-based code editor. Microsoft has open-sourced it along with a new build and added an extension option to this editor. At the moment, there are about 60 available extensions with support for new languages, more efficient debugging, color themes etc.

Now you can contribute to VS Code by submitting bug fixes and reviewing the source code changes. The open-source code could be accessed on here GitHub.

The company released the Visual Studio 2015 with a target of making it working for any application, any developer, any platform- Android, iOS, Linux, and Windows.

The company has also released Visual Studio Dev Essential. This free program is launched with the aim of offering “everything developers need to create applications on any device or operating system, using their technology of choice.” It will provide developers an easy access to Microsoft’s tools like Visual Studio Code, Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Team Services, Parallels Desktop for Mac etc.

The company has made this offer to attract new developers and it looks like a great option.

Know more about all the announcements from Connect(); here.

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Adarsh Verma
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