Microsoft is making major updates to Windows for developers, including new tools and features to make it easier to set up and manage development environments, as well as improve performance.
The new Dev Home app is a centralized hub for developers, bringing together all of the data and tools they need to manage Windows 11 as their development machine. Dev Home makes it easy to set up new projects, connect to code repositories, and track progress. It also includes a number of productivity features, such as a code editor, a terminal, and a debugger.
The new Dev Drive storage volume is based on the same Resilient File System the company uses for Azure and that promises up to 30% performance improvements in build times. Dev Drive is designed to make it faster and easier to build and test applications on Windows.
Microsoft is also integrating with GitHub Copilot, a new AI-powered tool that can help developers write code faster and more accurately. Copilot can generate code, complete functions, and even suggest edits to existing code. It is still in beta, but it has the potential to revolutionize the way developers write code.
In addition to these major updates, Microsoft is also adding support for new file formats, including tar, 7-zip, GZ, and RAR. This will make it easier for developers to work with a wider range of files on Windows. Finally, Microsoft is giving users the ability to hide the time and date from the taskbar, which can be useful for screen recordings.
These updates are designed to make Windows a more attractive platform for developers, and to help them be more productive. With these new tools and features, developers can focus on what they do best: writing great code.