At Build 2022, Microsoft announced Dev Box, a new Azure service offering ready-to-code developer workstations. Later at Build 2023, Microsoft announced that Dev Box will be generally available in July. Today, Microsoft announced the general availability of Dev Box.
To have a balance between the full consumption or subscription-only pricing, Microsoft Dev Box comes with a predictable monthly price for full-time Dev Box usage while the consumption-based, pay-as-you-go pricing charges up to a monthly price cap.
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.
The Dev Box workstations can be configured from 8 to 32 core vCPUs, up to 128 GB RAM, and 2 TB of storage. Project and role-specific images that can be pre-built with all the tools, configurations, source, and binaries to help developers get straight into their code. Project-based virtual networks enable admins to limit access to sensitive resources, databases, or internal endpoints to approved team members on specific dev boxes.