Microsoft has changed the name of Visual Studio Online to Visual Studio Codespaces, to bring the name more in line with the thought that the offering is “more than simply an ‘editor during a browser,’” the corporate wrote during a blog post. Microsoft introduced the name change on April 30, alongside a replacement, lower-cost Basic instance type for Codespaces.
The online development environment, which began a public preview introduce November, provides for cloud-hosted development environments that will be accessible from anywhere. The so-called Codespaces are often used for capabilities including prototyping a replacement feature or performing short-term tasks like reviewing pull requests.
The new Basic instance type may be a lower-cost, lower-power Codespace running Linux, two virtual cores, four GB RAM, and 64 GB of SSD storage. Basic instances are available immediately at a rate of 24 cents per hour. the speed falls to eight cents per hour next week when Microsoft will reduce prices for all Codespaces instance types.
Other features recently added to Visual Studio Codespaces include:
A capability for bringing in your own Dockerfiles or images, enabling a Codespace to be tailored to exact specifications, either by pointing at a picture from a registry like Docker Hub or by placing a custom Dockerfile a repository. Developers can hook up with these from Codespaces.
the power to vary the instance size, providing a lower-powered, lower-cost environment which will be upgraded when needed without losing state and without having to make a replacement environment. the essential instance type also supports this functionality.
Improvements to the self-hosted environment’s capability, for registering any machine to Visual Studio Codespaces and connecting thereto from either Visual Studio Code or Microsoft’s browser-based editor. Improvements include streamlining the self-hosted process and expanding supported scenarios.