Visual Studio’s online free version, Code, reaches version 1.0 and 2 million installs

Kareem Anderson


Microsoft’s browser-based code editor grows a bit older and celebrates a significant birthday as it moves from just Visual Studio Code to Visual Studio Code 1.0. With over 2 million developers downloading Microsoft’s Visual Studio Code over the past year and 500,000 developers creating with the tool each month, it’s no wonder the company sees the update to version 1.0 as a significant milestone.

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.”

VS Code yearly stats

Now that Visual Studio Code has been bumped up to the big 1.0 title, developers can look forward to improved performance and responsiveness from a download coming in at just under 40MB. Visual Studio Code 1.0 also brings support for nine additional languages that include Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish. Due to its open-sourced development, developers such as @zersiax, the visually impaired developers on Windows can make use of VS Code 1.0. The same visual accessibility features are planned for OSX and Linux sometime in the future.

Developers interested in VS Code can grab a download for their respective operating systems at the Visual Studio Code website. Installs include Windows 7, 8, 10, Linux Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora, CentOS, OSX Yosemite and El Capitan.