Microsoft debuts its cloud-based complement to Visual Studio

Microsoft debuts its cloud-based complement to Visual Studio

Summary: Microsoft is starting to roll out Visual Studio Online, a set of Windows Azure-based tools designed to complement its Visual Studio development-tool suite.

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Microsoft execs have been saying for the past couple of years that nearly every on-premises Microsoft product will have a cloud complement. On November 13, Microsoft developer division execs unveiled the cloudy side of Microsoft's Visual Studio development tool suite: Visual Studio Online.

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Visual Studio Online consists (at least to start) of a handful of new developer services running on its Windows Azure cloud platform. These new services are meant to complement the client version of Visual Studio integrated desktop environment (IDE).

Microsoft execs went public with the first Visual Studio Online deliverables during the company's Visual Studio 2013 launch event in New York City on November 13. Microsoft is making public previews of  the first five Visual Studio Online services available as of today. 

The Visual Studio Online initial line-up includes:

  • Hosted source control, work-item and agile-planning services (in other words, the key capabilities of Team Foundation Service on Windows Azure)
  • A hosted build service
  • Elastic load testing service
  • Application Insights -- a service that provides information such as health, availability, performance and usage of applications
  • "Monaco" -- a coding environment "for the cloud, in the cloud," which provides a subset of Visual Studio features inside a variety of browsers for "targeted Azure development scenarios." The first of these scenarios is for editing Azure Web Sites directly from inside any "modern" browser, on any device (Windows-based or not). Microsoft has been working on Monaco for three years, execs said, and already has used the Monaco technology for some of its other cloud-based developer offerings, including the Office 365 "Napa" development tools, to SkyDrive file editing.

Visual Studio Online will be free for teams up to five users. Visual Studio Online also is going to be part of Microsoft Developer Network subscriptions. Separate Visual Studio Online subscription plans, which include access to the Visual Studio Professional IDE, are also for sale, as of today. Pricing for all these new options is here.

"It's a new era for Visual Studio with Visual Studio Online," said Soma Somasegar, Microsoft's Corporate Vice President of its Developer Division. The company started with Visual Studio client; then added a server component with Team Foundation System; and is now providing end-to-end services for the cloud, Somasegar said.

Microsoft unveiled the Visual Studio Online platform the same day that it announced Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5.1 are officially available on a global basis. Microsoft released to manufacturing Visual Studio 2013 and .Net 4.5.1 in October 2013 and made them available to many of its customers shortly thereafter.

Visual Studio 2013 and Net 4.5.1 add support for asynchronous debugging (when using VS 2013 on Windows 8.1, not older Windows releases) for C#, VB, JavaScript and C++ developers, among other features. The latest VS release also adds improvements for those using XAML, HTML and JavaScript to build Windows Store/Metro-Style apps.

 

Topics: Enterprise Software, Software Development

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Overkill....just because they can

    Here a cloud, there a cloud, everywhere a cloud-cloud, old Microsoft had a cloud. E I E I O.

    Western Digital has the right idea. Releasing cloud products that the consumer is in complete and total control of, not Microsoft, and not the NSA. As long this remains a complimentary addition to VS and not a "were gonna force this down your damn throat whether you like it or not" like they did with the "METRO" interface in Windows 8, I guess I can stomach it.
    j4w4
    • Someone forced you to buy Windows 8?

      Get therapy, you desperately need it.
      jackbond
    • Shouldn't that be IE IE crash

      ?
      John2219
  • Overkill....just because they can

    Here a cloud, there a cloud, everywhere a cloud-cloud, old Microsoft had a cloud. E I E I O.

    Western Digital has the right idea. Releasing cloud products that the consumer is in complete and total control of, not Microsoft, and not the NSA. As long this remains a complimentary addition to VS and not a "were gonna force this down your damn throat whether you like it or not" like they did with the "METRO" interface in Windows 8, I guess I can stomach it.
    j4w4
  • Why?

    It will be replaced next month.
    NoAxToGrind
    • Replaced?

      Replaced with what?
      James_SB
  • "Modern" Client

    Why not create a "Modern" client to allow development on Surface (RT) devices?
    TheCyberKnight
    • Yes!

      I'll second that!
      Tiggster79
  • Oline code store

    What MS should have, is an online store for developers to sell code components and other resources, to other developers.
    P. Douglas
  • why pay for visual studio

    At least as a subscription VS is cheaper than VS with MSDN at its 1000+ price range.
    But with your competitors giving out their developer environments for free I think this is a little counter-productive. You want people to develop windows apps but you want them to pay a premium.
    michellesc
    • MS does give out their dev tools for creating mobile apps that compete with

      what their mobile competitors give out theirs for. From the beginning of WP7 there have been free VS editions for building WP apps, complete with emulator, device debugging, etc.
      Johnny Vegas
      • you cannot penetrate the reality distortion field

        If you could you wouldn't find a developed mind inside. These minds cannot be freed and survive.
        greywolf7
  • Not sure where is Monaco link !

    I tried to figure out where is the link for Monaco to try it out. I can see VS online, I've it already for the last few months, since Beta. But, this Monaco i couldn't find out, which gives option to edit the code from Azure website.
    jinishans