Visual Studio Code gets a new welcome page, synchronized markdown preview, and more

Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code has picked up another major update today. The Visual Studio Code team today released version 1.9 of the code editor, which brings a range of new improvements and a couple of new features.

With version 1.9, Microsoft is introducing a new welcome page for Visual Studio Code which gives users quick access to their recent folders and files, access to support resources, as well as the ability to quickly clone a Git repository. In addition to the new welcome page, Microsoft is also adding a new synchronized markdown preview which will automatically now make the preview for markdown files scroll automatically as you scroll in the editor itself.

Here’s the full changelog for version 1.9:

  • New Welcome page – Whether you are a new or returning user, the Welcome page helps get you started quickly.
  • Interactive Playground – Try out VS Code’s advanced editing features without creating files or a project.
  • Synchronized Markdown Preview – Coupled view of a Markdown preview and its editor.
  • Format on Paste – Format source code as soon as you bring it into your project.
  • Language specific settings – Customize your settings for specific languages.
  • TypeScript references CodeLens – VS Code ships with TypeScript 2.1.5 and now includes References CodeLens.
  • Single file debugging – Debug without a configuration file to enable quick debugging of single files.
  • Inline variables display – See variable values inline while debugging.
  • Expanded Node.js debugging configurations – Easily debug Mocha tests, gulp tasks and even Yeoman generators.
  • Improved task running support – Run multiple commands from the same task.
  • Faster Integrated Terminal – We improved the integrated terminal’s performance and Windows support.

If you are interested, y ou can grab version 1.9 of Code here. 

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