VS Code goes 1.0!


VS Code, our favorite code editor has reached that major milestone, v1.0!

Visual Studio Code 1.0!


Today we’re very proud to release version 1.0 of Visual Studio Code. Since our initial launch one year ago, 2 million developers have installed VS Code. Today, we’re excited to report that more than 500,000 developers actively use VS Code each month.

What started as an experiment to build a production quality editor using modern web technologies has blossomed into a new kind of cross-platform development tool, one that focuses on core developer productivity by centering the product on rich code editing and debugging experiences. Visual Studio Code brings the industry-leading experiences of Visual Studio to a streamlined development workflow, that can be a core part of the tool set of every developer, building any kind of application.

Getting to "1.0" over the last few months has been about more than features. We have worked with the community to further improve stability, fixing hundreds of bugs. And we’ve pushed hard on getting the best performance we can out of the editing experience.

VS Code was initially built for developers creating web apps using JavaScript and TypeScript. But in less than 6 months since we made the product extensible, the community has built over 1000 extensions that now provide support for almost any language or runtime in VS Code. Today, a broad range of developers from individuals and startups to Fortune 500 companies, including audiences completely new to Microsoft’s tools, are all more productive with a tool that fits comfortably into their current tool chain and workflow, and supports the technologies they use, from Go and Python to React Native and C++. With this great ecosystem in place, we’re now confident in declaring our API as stable, and guaranteeing compatibility going forward.


The History of VS Code

Can we build a code editor fast enough that it doesn’t feel like you’re typing in a browser?

It was only a few short years ago that we kicked off what we then called the "Monaco" team. At the time, browsers were just beginning to introduce HTML5, and the race to build faster JavaScript runtimes was in full swing.




Being "1.0"

Today, Visual Studio Code delivers on many of the aspects that we imagined during incubation. VS Code has great editing and navigation experiences, streamlined debugging, and built-in Git support.

Developers today love VS Code for its powerful set of built-in features, intuitive editing and debugging experiences, performance and responsiveness, and great language and platform support. The VS Code download is under 40MB including support for 9 additional languages (Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish) and it installs in seconds. With the help of developers like @zersiax, VS Code is now accessible to visually impaired developers on Windows and soon on OS X and Linux.

Community at its Core

More than anything else, what drives the success of Visual Studio Code is the feedback and interactions from the community. From the beginning, we’ve striven to be as open as possible in our roadmap and vision for VS Code, and in November, we took that a step further by open-sourcing VS Code and adding the ability for anyone to make it better through submitting issues and feedback, making pull requests, or creating extensions.

The community responded, with huge growth in the number of extensions and the way they��re using VS Code. Today we have extensions for Node.js, Go, C++, PHP, and Python, as well as many more languages, linters, and tools. And VS Code is being used both by teams of developers, but also in companies like Progressive Insurance, where VS Code is used not just by developers, but analysts and data scientists as well.


If you haven’t tried out Visual Studio Code yet, please download it and let us know what you think!

Now that it's v1.0, does that mean it's done? LOL, not even close, check out how active the repo is... :)





The vscode repository is where we do development and there are many ways you can participate in the project, for example:


If you are interested in fixing issues and contributing directly to the code base, please see the document How to Contribute, which covers the following:



Here’s a few more links you might find interesting:



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