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Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code Finally Out Of Beta

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Microsoft announced on Thursday that Visual Studio Code, its cross-platform text editor for developers has finally gotten to its version 1.0. The announcement came along with the news that more than 500,000 developers are now actively using VS Code each month.

The software was first announced by the tech giant during its Build Developer conference last year. It was initially built for developers creating web apps using JavaScript and TypeScript but over the course of a year, VS code can now work with Node.js, Go, C++, Python, PHP and more. And even though support was limited, the community has built over 1000 extensions that now provide support for almost any language or runtime in VS Code just in the first 6 months of operation.

The service was initially missing many extensibilities and had hundreds of unsolved bugs. Moreover, the Redmond giant hadn’t open-sourced the service’s code for anyone to use.

The service has now earned the ‘1.0’ moniker along with major stability enhancements and bug fixes. You also get the service in 9 different languages, including French, German, Japanese and Chinese. The team has worked to make the service most accessible of modern editors, with full keyboard navigation and support for screen reading and accessible navigation for visually impaired developers.

Today, a broad range of developers from individuals and startups to Fortune 500 companies, including audiences completely new to Microsoft’s tools, are all more productive with a tool that fits comfortably into their current tool chain and workflow, and supports the technologies they use, from Go and Python to React Native and C++. With this great ecosystem in place, we’re now confident in declaring our API as stable, and guaranteeing compatibility going forward,

the company writes in the blog post.

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