Microsoft Dev Box improves developer productivity including increased speed and speed. A fully managed, cloud-based IDE built on Windows 365 comes with a host of benefits including faster developer setup and easier collaboration because everyone works in the same space.
Dev Box allows Azure developers to develop “the best virtual machines” with all the tools, connected services, and network resources they need right from the start, Microsoft CEO and CEO Satya Nadella said during the opening keynote Tuesday at Microsoft Build, the company’s annual developer conference. Software and the web. Nadella said that with the Microsoft Dev Box, developers can access code quickly, while ensuring a secure and compliant environment.
Dev Box is the latest in a long line of largely failed attempts to move IDEs to the cloud. A direct connection to Azure may help move the needle, but widespread adoption still isn’t likely to happen soon, according to Chris Riley, senior director of developer relations at marketing technology firm HubSpot.
Microsoft Dev Box Features
Developers who adopt Microsoft Dev Box will find many advantages under the hood. One of those advantages is increased speed, creating an optimal coding environment and removing friction points — which happens because there is no need to download and customize development tools, said Arnal Diaratna, Vice President of Research for Software Development at IDC.
Before creating a Dev Box, Microsoft said in a blog post, it could take days to set up a workstation.
Riley said the increased speed is exciting news for developers. “Developers don’t want friction. They want to move fast. They get very frustrated when they slow down,” he said.
Dayaratna also said that Dev Box could make developers faster because they can work from any cloud-enabled device.
Riley echoed the point, saying that this would make the developer’s job more flexible because developers could pick up where they left off in exchange for making sure they pulled out of the repository, even if they were working in a coffee shop. Plus, developers don’t have to wonder if their setup is different from other departments because everyone has the same infrastructure, he said.
Dayaratna added that a cloud-based IDE like Dev Box can speed up the setup process. “Developers can be ready to work productively, on their first day on the job, because they log into a preconfigured workspace,” he said.
Don’t expect developers to scramble to get the Dev Box
But Microsoft isn’t the first vendor to come up with a cloud-based IDE. Riley said other companies have developed cloud-based IDEs, including a cloud-based version of the Java Eclipse-based development platform and AWS Cloud9. But he said they never really took off, mainly because of a fear of connectivity issues — one of cloud computing’s biggest drawbacks.
In addition, developers tend to fall back on old habits. “It’s easy to go back to the way you traditionally develop because it’s very easy to develop on your local machine,” Riley said. “You have your environment and your infrastructure right there in front of you.”
While developer productivity can be improved, Riley doesn’t expect developers to adopt the Microsoft Dev Box until they have to.
“It’s going to take a whole lot of developers, started by a company like Microsoft or HubSpot or a big SaaS vendor that says you don’t have a choice,” Riley said.
However, the main factor that sets the Microsoft Dev Box apart from its predecessors is direct integration into Azure, Riley said, which could attract more developers to adopt it.
Compatibility is another reason developers might give Microsoft Dev Box a try. Our home from IDC said Microsoft Dev Box is compatible with any IDE running on Windows.
After Eclipse and AWS Cloud9, the Dev Box will face other competitors, including JetBrains IntelliJ IDEA 2021.3. But while JetBrains has an equivalent capacity, it doesn’t offer the broadest Dev Box compatibility, he said.