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GitHub has taken a significant leap forward in its journey to revolutionize AI-powered software development. The company has announced the public beta of GitHub Copilot Chat for all individual users of GitHub Copilot across Visual Studio and VS Code. GitHub has enabled the Copilot Chat beta for all individual users at no cost. This comes after the successful introduction of the public beta for GitHub Copilot for Business users in July.
Now, both teams and individual developers can leverage GitHub Copilot Chat to learn new languages or frameworks, troubleshoot bugs, or get answers to coding questions in simple, natural language outputs—all within their IDE.
By minimizing context switching, it streamlines the development process, helping developers maintain focus and momentum. Furthermore, GitHub Copilot Chat enables individual contributors to suggest security patches, thereby enhancing the overall security of open-source projects.
Key Features of GitHub Copilot Chat
- Real-time guidance: GitHub Copilot Chat can suggest best practices, tips, and solutions tailored to specific coding challenges—all in real time.
- Code analysis: With GitHub Copilot Chat, developers can break down complex concepts and get explanations of code snippets.
- Fixing security issues: GitHub Copilot Chat can suggest remediation strategies and help reduce vulnerabilities found during security scans.
- Simple troubleshooting: Trying to debug code? GitHub Copilot Chat not only identifies issues but also offers suggestions, explanations, and alternative approaches.
You can sign-up for GitHub Copilot Chat beta here.