Microsoft Unveils Visual Studio Code, A Cross-Platform Code Editor For OS X, Windows and Linux


Microsoft has kicked off its Build 2015 developers conference this morning in San Francisco. One of the first products announced by the company is Visual Studio Code for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux.

Visual Studio Code is a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications. The full version of Visual Studio is still Window’s only, but today’s announcement shows that Microsoft is willing to support other platforms.


The new developer tool offers built-in support for multiple languages and the editor will feature rich code assistance and navigation for all of the supported languages. The code editor features all the standard tools you would expect, including syntax highlighting, autocompletion, customizable key bindings, and bracket matching.

In addition to all of these features, Visual Studio Code works with Git right out of the box. Today’s announcement probably comes as a surprise to many developers, however, it fits in well with the company’s recent direction.

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code will be available as a free download later today for Mac OS X, Linux, and Windows. The code editor is now available for download from Microsoft’s Visual Studio website.

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