The Microsoft team announced this week that Visual Studio Code is now available from the web browser.
Yes, you will be able to use Microsoft’s code editor from your favorite web browser without installing anything on your computer.
Any developer will be able to easily access Visual Studio Code from vscode.dev. A version that runs completely from the browser, without the need to install anything.
You will see that the dynamics is very simple, with all the options you know to start your project by opening a file from your computer or a repository. And as mentioned by the Microsoft team, from this light version of Visual Studio Code you will be able to perform all these actions:
– View and edit local files. Take notes quickly, and preview them in Markdown.
– Edit your code on lower-powered machines like Chromebooks.
– Develop from your iPad. You can upload/download files (and even store them in the cloud using the Files app), as well as open repositories remotely with the built-in GitHub repository extension.
So you will be able to avail yourself of this web version of Visual Studio Code for your projects with different scenarios in mind. Of course, there are options in the desktop version that cannot possibly run in the browser, or have limited functionality.
This dynamic is possible because web browsers, such as Microsoft Edge or Google Chrome, have support for the file system access API. So you will be able to work with local files even if the dynamic is executed from the web browser.
One detail to keep in mind is that Visual Studio Code still works as a preliminary version.