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Microsoft today released a lightweight version of VS Code running fully in the browser. Without any installation, you can use this browser-based VS Code to open a folder on your local machine and start coding. VS Code for the Web enables the following experiences:
- Local file viewing and editing. Quickly take notes (and preview!) in Markdown. Even if you are on a restricted machine where you cannot install the full VS Code, you may still be able to use vscode.dev to view and edit local files.
- Edit your code on lower powered machines like Chromebooks, where you can’t (easily) install VS Code.
- Develop on your iPad. You can upload/download files (and even store them in the cloud using the Files app), as well as open repositories remotely with the built-in GitHub Repositories extension.
Here’s how VS Code for the Web differs from GitHub.dev online editor:
github.devis a customized instance of VS Code for the Web that is deeply integrated into GitHub. Login is automatic, the URL format follows github.com’s
/organization/repomodel so that you can simply change
.devto edit a repo, and it is customized for GitHub with the light and dark themes. In addition to repositories on GitHub, VS Code for the Web supports Azure Repos (part of Azure DevOps).