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Microsoft announces Dev Box, a new cloud service that offers ready-to-code developer workstations

Microsoft Dev Box

At Build 2022, Microsoft today announced Dev Box, a new cloud service that offers ready-to-code developer workstations.

If you are a developer, you will know about the difficulties in maintaining a developer workstation. Sometimes, even ‘small changes’ will unexpectedly break the dev environments, costing hours to undo. Also, IT teams find it hard to support different hardware requirements required to maintain the developer workstations.

Microsoft Dev Box allows developers to focus on the code only they can write, without worrying about their environment configuration and maintenance. Microsoft Dev Box service will allow organizations to preconfigure Dev Boxes for specific projects and tasks. This will enable developers to build and run their app in minutes.

  • Developers stay in control of their Dev Boxes with a developer portal that enables them to create and delete their Dev Boxes for any of their projects.
  • Microsoft Dev Box supports any developer IDE, SDK, or internal tool that runs on Windows.
  • Microsoft Dev Boxes are hosted in the Microsoft cloud, you can access them from anywhere: Windows, MacOS, Android, iOS, or your web browser.
  • To keep costs under control, you can use start/stop schedules to spin up Dev Boxes at the beginning of the day and automatically hibernate them when you go home.

Right now, Microsoft Dev Box is in private preview and public preview will be available in the next few months. You can request for private preview access here.

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