Microsoft’s Visual Studio Codespaces, which present cloud-hosted enhancement environments on Microsoft Azure, will be integrated into GitHub Codespaces, which present hosted Visual Studio Code environments on GitHub. The recent Azure-dependent offering will be retired in February 2021.

Microsoft stated the support is shifting since, throughout a preview stage, the company identified that transitioning from a repository to a codespace was the most-criticized component of the workflow. The vast the greater part of people chosen an built-in, native, one-simply click experience. GitHub being the dwelling of fifty million builders, Microsoft made a decision it manufactured sense to spouse with GitHub to handle the challenge. 

GitHub Codespaces is nevertheless in a limited community beta builders can signal up below. When builders link to a GitHub Codespace through a portal or the Visual Studio Code editor, they will be prompted to post incorporate a GitHub account to the beta. Visual Studio Codespaces people will acquire an e mail requesting their chosen GitHub account.

Whilst GitHub Codespaces supplies an optimized experience for GitHub repos, builders nevertheless can use Git repos hosted elsewhere, this kind of as on Azure or Bitbucket, by having a number of additional configuration methods. Also, the personal preview of Windows-dependent Codespaces assistance in Visual Studio 2019 will shift to GitHub.

Microsoft has presented an FAQ about the consolidation. The compay set the pursuing timeline for approach:

  • September 4, 2020: Present people begin shifting to the GitHub personal beta.
  • November twenty, 2020: Creation of new Visual Studio Codespaces will no more time be authorized, but existing Visual Studio Codespaces nevertheless can be used.
  • February 17, 2021: The Visual Studio Codespaces portal will be retired.

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