Get the most from Visual Studio with Microsoft Dev Box–now generally available

Ruben Rios

Today, we’re excited to announce that Microsoft Dev Box is now generally available. Below we’ll highlight a few significant features of Dev Box for Visual Studio users. Read the announcement blog to learn more about our journey to Microsoft Dev Box and what the service means for Visual Studio subscribers.

Last month at the Build conference, we announced several new integrations between Visual Studio and Microsoft Dev Box. These integrations are designed to deliver the best Visual Studio experience possible, making Dev Box the go-to workstation for developers using Visual Studio.

These features are focused on two things—optimizing performance and delivering a seamless, ready-to-code experience on Dev Box. Starting with Visual Studio 17.7, your solutions can be prepared as part of your Dev Box image, allowing for much faster first-load experiences. Once devs have their Dev Box spun up, Visual Studio users can expect a warm welcome thanks to auto-sign in and unified settings. Additionally, you can look forward to built-in support and integrations for Dev Drive coming soon that will boost disk performance and accelerate your development workloads.

Dev teams can speed up configuration of their Dev Box images by starting with new Visual Studio images, now available in the Azure Marketplace. We’re also working on adding support for configuration-as-code YAML files that developers and dev leads will be able to use to further customize their Dev Box images. This feature is currently in preview.

Try out Microsoft Dev Box, now in GA today.


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  • Georgi Hadzhigeorgiev 1

    Very nice indeed! Overall dev experience gets better. Well done!

  • Nathan Davies 2

    Would be nice to see a simplified version of this available to the indie or solo dev, without the complexity of setting up a whole series of Azure resources. I can see a ton of road-warrior scenarios where this would be useful.

    Need to go on the road and want to take your super-light chromebook or macbook air? Go… and still be able to develop on Windows using Dev Box.

    • Eki Baskoro 0

      I have already been doing this. I use my iPad Pro to log in to my Dev Box. My iPad Pro has Cellular connectivity and is attached to the magic keyboard. The Box provides me with consistent desktop feeling. Sure some keyboard shortcuts do not work (eg. one of my favourite Ctrl+.) but it is not a show stopper for me. Heck, I can even continue my remote session on my iPhone Pro Max. Loving it!

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