Microsoft’s Visual Studio Codespaces, which give cloud-hosted enhancement environments on Microsoft Azure, will be included into GitHub Codespaces, which give hosted Visual Studio Code environments on GitHub. The recent Azure-primarily based featuring will be retired in February 2021.

Microsoft mentioned the company is relocating mainly because, throughout a preview stage, the firm discovered that transitioning from a repository to a codespace was the most-criticized aspect of the workflow. The huge bulk of users desired an built-in, native, just one-click on expertise. GitHub currently being the property of 50 million developers, Microsoft decided it made feeling to spouse with GitHub to handle the problem. 

GitHub Codespaces is however in a restricted general public beta developers can signal up right here. When developers hook up to a GitHub Codespace through a portal or the Visual Studio Code editor, they will be prompted to submit add a GitHub account to the beta. Visual Studio Codespaces users will receive an electronic mail requesting their desired GitHub account.

When GitHub Codespaces provides an optimized expertise for GitHub repos, developers however can use Git repos hosted somewhere else, this sort of as on Azure or Bitbucket, by having a couple more configuration ways. Also, the private preview of Windows-primarily based Codespaces help in Visual Studio 2019 will go to GitHub.

Microsoft has furnished an FAQ about the consolidation. The compay set the next timeline for prepare:

  • September four, 2020: Present users get started relocating to the GitHub private beta.
  • November 20, 2020: Creation of new Visual Studio Codespaces will no for a longer period be allowed, but present Visual Studio Codespaces however can be utilized.
  • February 17, 2021: The Visual Studio Codespaces portal will be retired.

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