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Visual Studio Codespaces will consolidate into GitHub Codespaces

Visual Studio Codespaces will be consolidating into GitHub Codespaces and will no longer be available as of February 2021.  Microsoft has provided an FAQ page for this transition.

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Downdetector shows outage information for websites and services

Downdetector shows outage information and status for widely used websites and services such as  mobile and internet service providers, social media sites, banking and financial services, etc.    This includes:

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Visual Studio Codespaces – an online only development environment

Visual Studio Codespaces – formerly known as Visual Studio Online – allows you to create Visual Studio solutions entirely in the cloud across multiple devices.  This development environment is currently in public preview.

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Show differences between two files using Visual Studio

A side-by-side comparison of two files can be shown using Visual Studio by using the command line utility option devenv.exe /diff, or by running Tools.DiffFiles from the Command Window.


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Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event on April 2nd 2019

Microsoft will hold the worldwide Visual Studio 2019 Launch Event online on April 2nd 2019.  Visual Studio extensions will also have to be updated for VS2019.

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Visual Studio 2019 Preview now available

Microsoft announced the release of Visual Studio 2019 Preview version at its 2018 Connect event.  This version includes Visual Studio Live Share by default as part of the installation.   Visual Studio 2019 Preview may be downloaded from    System requirements and release notes are also available.

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Azure DevOps is the new name for Visual Studio Team Services

Visual Studio Team Services (VSTS) has been renamed to Azure DevOps as of September 2018. Microsoft offers guidance on conversion from Team Foundation Server (TFS) to Azure DevOps Services.  Features within VSTS have been given new Azure DevOp names as well.

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Documentation regarding Azure DevOps is available at

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Visual Studio Live Share

Visual Studio Live Share (VS Live Share or VSLS) is a development project tool to allow team collaborative editing of source code within Microsoft Visual Studio or Visual Studio Code.  VSLS is currently in preview or pre-release mode as a Visual Studio Marketplace extension and may become a paid product in the future.

More information can be found here:

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Visual Studio Extensions Marketplace

Extensions for the Microsoft Visual Studio suite of products can be found at  Extensions add support for languages not included in Visual Studio, aid in IDE development, or perform a specific task.

Some current popular extensions are:

Extensions can be free, preview, or paid.  Paid extensions are often charged per user per month.  Preview extensions are eventually converted to paid extensions. Extensions are either written by Microsoft, third party vendors, or individual developers.

More information can be found at

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Visual Studio Code – a free open-source code editor for multiple languages

Visual Studio Code is a free open-source code editor that is part of Microsoft’s Visual Studio suite of development tools.  It has support for multiple programming languages such as JavaScript, TypeScript and Node.js.