During Build 2022 early this year, Microsoft first announced Dev Box, a new Azure service offering ready-to-code developer workstations. Today, Microsoft announced the public preview of Microsoft Dev Box from the Azure Portal.
During the public preview phase, organizations will get the first 15 hours of the dev box 8vCPU and 32 GB Memory SKU for free every month, along with the first 365 hours of the dev box Storage SSD 512 GB SKU. After the free limit, organizations can pay based on consumption-based pricing model and they will be charged on a per-hour basis depending on the number of Compute and Storage that are consumed. Since the Dev Box is managed by the organization’s IT team, Automated schedules can be used to warm up dev boxes at the start of the day and stop them at the end of the day when they are not used. With hibernation, developers can resume a stopped dev box and pick up right where they left off.
With Microsoft Dev Box, developers can focus on writing the code only they can write instead of trying to get a working environment that can build and run the code.
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.