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No Longer in Preview, Visual Studio Code 1.0 'Ships'

The online cross-platform editor is now a finished product, now that the company has appended its name with a version 1.0.

Microsoft's Visual Studio team has a feature-complete 1.0 version of Visual Studio Code now available online for production work.

VS Code was borne out of Project Monaco* nearly three years ago and at a time when Microsoft company-wide starting revving its cloud efforts at full speed. Visual Studio Code is the company's cross-platform, cloud-based code editor/IDE. It made official debut as a working product at Build 2015 in San Francisco nearly a year ago.

"VS Code was initially built for developers creating web apps using JavaScript and TypeScript," states a blog from the VS Code team. "But in less than 6 months since we made the product extensible, the community has built over 1,000 extensions that now provide support for almost any language or runtime in VS Code."

Soon after its preview nearly a year ago, VS Code was open sourced and the team invited community previewers to help develop the product. Over that time, it has been downloaded more than 2 million times, and the company has responded to more than 300 pull requests that were submitted by the community. Over that time, the product was also made extensible and there are now more than a thousand plug-ins that work with it, including many that support Node.js, Go, C++, PHP, and Python.

With version 1.0, it officially becomes a production-ready environment with full support from Microsoft under Windows, Linux, and OSX environments. The team said that it's now being used by more than half a million developers each month. It's available in nine languages.

Visual Studio Code is available for download on the portal site at http://code.visualstudio.com/Download.

* On a side note, Project Monaco was the codename for Visual Studio Online, with "Monaco" aka, VSC, a subset of that release. Confused? So were we, but real product names have made this a moot issue. This article at ZDnet makes it less confusing if you want to explore the project naming issue confusion.

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