At last year’s Build Developers Conference, Microsoft first announced Visual Studio Online, a web companion to Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code, allowing developers to develop and edit code on any device through the latest web browsers.
In April, Microsoft renamed Visual Studio Online Visual Studio Codespaces. The tool supports Git repositories, extensions, and built-in command-line interfaces, allowing developers to edit, run, and debug applications from any device.
Yesterday, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio Codespaces was about to cease support and that its features would be integrated into GitHub Codespaces. Existing Visual Studio Codespaces users can now transition to GitHub Codespaces, and the current Azure product will be retired in February 2021.
Although GitHub Codespaces provides an optimized creation experience for GitHub repositories, developers can take advantage of Git repositories hosted elsewhere (such as Azure Repos, Bitbucket) with just a few additional configuration steps.
The following is the full update schedule.
November 20, 2020.
Suspend the registration of new users of Visual Studio Codespaces.
Pause the creation of schedules and code spaces.
Users in Azure services can still connect to their existing code space through the portal to access and back up any data.
February 17, 2021.
The service is officially retired.
All remaining plans and code space in the site are deleted.
The site was deleted.
Here’s why Microsoft shut down Visual Studio Codespaces.
Through the preview phase, we learned that the transition from warehouse to code space is the most critical part of the workflow, and that most people like a rich integrated, native, one-click experience. Because GitHub is a paradise for 50 million developers, it makes sense to work with them to address this feedback. However, after the GitHub native experience was released, we began to hear that these two different experiences created confusion among users.
We believe that by integrating the current Codespaces experience into one, we can eliminate confusion, simplify the experience for everyone, and address customer feedback more quickly.
GitHub Codespaces Limited Public Test access here: https://github.com/features/codespaces/signup.