Visual Studio Code launches as a snap

4th  April 2019, London, UK As of today, Microsoft Visual Studio Code is available for Linux as a snap, providing seamless auto-updates for its users. Visual Studio Code, a free, lightweight code editor, has redefined editors for building modern web and cloud applications, with built-in support for debugging, task running, and version control for a variety of languages and frameworks.

Snaps are containerised software packages designed to work across cloud, desktop, and IoT devices. They work natively on most popular Linux distributions and feature automatic updates and rollback functionality, enhanced security, and greater flexibility for developers working within Linux environments.

A single snap can run universally across over 40 Linux distribution variants, easing the amount of work needed on packaging, so the Visual Studio Code team can focus on delivering a great product. This also helps the team manage consistent builds across multiple Linux distros.

João Moreno, Software Development Engineer, Microsoft Visual Studio Code said: “The automatic update functionality of snaps is a major benefit. It is clear there is a thriving community around snaps and that it is moving forward at great pace. The backing of Canonical ensures our confidence in its ongoing development and long-term future.”

“Visual Studio Code is hugely popular, and it’s fantastic that we’re able to help it extend its reach into the Linux ecosystem,” commented Evan Dandrea, Engineering Manager, Canonical. “Developers are the lifeblood of snaps and it is great to see this recognition from Microsoft as they join a host of others who can now provide their users with the latest updates seamlessly, and with assurance of rollbacks and containment.”

The snap for Visual Studio Code is available to download here https://snapcraft.io/code

The Visual Studio Code – Insiders build, a daily build with the latest features, is available to download here: https://snapcraft.io/code-insiders

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