During a busy Monday at its Ignite 2019 partner conference, Microsoft made several announcements around Visual Studio. Leading the charge was a public preview of Visual Studio Online. Visual Studio 2019 and Visual Studio for Mac also received some love in new preview updates.

Let’s start with Visual Studio Online, which is a blend of Visual Studio, a web-based editor, and cloud-hosted developer tools. You may remember Microsoft first introduced VS Online back at Build 2019. It is a web-based editor based on Visual Studio Code that has been in private preview in recent months.

VS Online is now moving into public preview. Developers can leverage the service to edit and manage code through a web browser. Because of this freedom and functionality across platforms, Visual Studio Online is like having Visual Studio go mobile.

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That said, it does lack some of the functionality of the full VS platform. Still, it give developers the ability to handle quick tasks and enter into Live Sessions. Furthermore, users can clone from GitHub reps and access popular templates.

Because it is now a public preview, anyone can access the service by heading to online.visualstudio.com. At the moment, Visual Studio Online is limited to Google Chrome and Chromium Edge, but support for more browsers is on the way.

“Visual Studio Online philosophically (and technically) extends Visual Studio Code Remote Development to provide managed development environments that can be created on-demand and accessed from anywhere,” Microsoft said today. “These environments can be used for long-term projects, to quickly prototype a new feature, or for short-term tasks, like reviewing pull requests.”

Other VS Studio Announcement

Also at Ignite 2019, Microsoft released Visual Studio for Mac version 8.4 Preview 2 and Visual Studio 2019 version 16.4 Preview 3. Looking at the latter build, Microsoft says it has made improvements for developers building apps in containers. Elsewhere, code analysis through C++ and a vertical layout for document tabs have also been introduced.

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