Microsoft open sources its Visual Studio Code light-weight editor

Microsoft has released a beta of its Visual Studio Code light-weight code editor, opening it up to extensions and open sourcing the product.

Microsoft is open sourcing Visual Studio (VS) Code, its light-weight code editor that works on Windows, Mac OS and Linux machines.

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Microsoft officials made the announcement on the first day of its two day Connect (); 2015 virtual event for developers.

At the same time, Microsoft released a beta of Visual Studio Code, which is a significant update over the initial preview on April 28. The beta includes extensibility support and an extension marketplace. There are 60 extensions to VS Code already in the marketplace.

During Connect, Microsoft also announced a new Visual Studio bundle, Visual Studio Dev Essentials, that amasses a number of different resources alongside the free Visual Studio Community version. VS Dev Essentials includes access to Visual Studio Community, Visual Studio Code and new Visual Studio Team Services; priority forums support; Parallels Desktop for Mac; training from Pluralsight, Wintellect and Xamarin; a $25 monthly Azure credit coming early next calendar year; and more.

ASP.NET 5 and .NET Core have hit the Release Candidate (RC) test phase. ASP.NET 5 is a framework for building Web sites and Web apps. .NET Core is a subset of the .NET Framework that runs on Windows, Mac OS X and Linux. Both technologies should be generally available by early 2016.

Microsoft has renamed Visual Studio Online to "Visual Studio Team Services," which should help lessen confusion, given that Visual Studio Online is not a Web version of Visual Studio. Visual Studio Online was originally known as Team Foundation Service.

Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 and Team Foundation Server 2015 Update 1 also will both be available on November 30.

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