An official Microsoft build of the Visual Studio Code editor is now available for Linux Armv7 and Arm64 architecture devices, extending Microsoft’s popular cross-platform code editor to Chromebooks, the Raspberry Pi and rival Arm-based single-board Linux computers such as Odroid.
Developers have been able to use VS Code on Chromebooks and Raspberry Pi for a while thanks to community-made builds based on the open-source edition of VS Code. But now developers can get VS Code for Debian, Ubuntu, Red Hat, Fedora and SUSE directly from Microsoft.
While the Raspberry Pi and Chromebooks might not be powerful enough for all developer needs, Microsoft notes that VS Code’s remote development extension pack can provide access to more powerful development environments when needed.
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The extensions allow developers to run commands inside a container, the Windows Subsystem for Linux or on a remote machine.
VS Code support for Linux Armv7 and Arm64 arrives in the new, version 1.50 release of Microsoft’s open-source code editor for Windows 10, macOS and Linux.
VS Code users on macOS will need to reapprove access to Apple’s Keychain even if it’s been authorized previously due to changes in how the password manager is accessed from VS Code. Previously VS Code accessed Keychain from the window process itself but now it accesses it from the main process, Microsoft explains.
This release also brings improvements to pinned tabs via a new workbench setting that lets users select “normal”, “shrink”, and “compact” to resize pinned tabs. The shrink option shrinks pinned tabs to a fixed size showing parts of the editor label.
To improve customization of VS Code, Microsoft has added Webview Views support to this edition of VS Code, allowing extension makers to build webview-based views that can be added to the sidebar or panel of VS Code.
Microsoft says it is now building VS Code with nightly builds of TypeScript 4.1.
This month’s notable extensions include the Microsoft C/C++ extension, which is out of preview and has reached version 1.0 with support for Linux on Arm and Arm 64 and featuring IntelliSense auto-complete, as well as remote build and debug support.
Also out of preview is the Microsoft Edge Tools for VS Code extension, which provides Microsoft Edge dev tools within VS Code.
Finally, Microsoft has released the Azure Cognitive Search extension in preview. It gives developers the tools and interfaces for adding a search experience over content in web, mobile, and enterprise applications.