To enable developers to use its feature-packed code editor effortlessly, Microsoft has now rolled out a web version of Visual Studio Code that you can run in any web browser. The code editor, which is now accessible via vscode.dev, lets developers access and use a lighter version of VSCode using their favorite web browser on their Windows PC, Mac, Chromebook, or even an iPad.
The Redmond giant announced the rollout via an official blog post recently. The company is calling the web version of the VSCode editor a “zero-installation local development tool” as it lets developers install extensions and sync their settings via a GitHub or Microsoft account login. They don’t need to install the code editor locally on their device.
“With the availability of vscode.dev [website], we begin to finally realize our original vision of building a development tool that can run fully serverless in the browser,” says Microsoft.
The web browsers that currently support the File System Access APIs of the code editor are Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge. However, if any browser does not support the File System Access APIs, users will be able to upload or download files via the browser itself.
Now, although the availability of Visual Studio Code editor in web browsers is impressive, it does come with a few limitations. For starters, most of the extensions do not work properly as they need to be updated to run as web extensions. However, Microsoft is aiming to improve VSCode on the web in the coming months to make it more useful for developers.
“Bringing VS Code to the browser is the realization of the original vision for the product. It is also the start of a completely new one. An ephemeral editor that is available to anyone with a browser and an internet connection is the foundation for a future where we can truly edit anything from anywhere,” the Redmond giant further added.