Microsoft provides testers with a virtual workstation called Dev Box

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 16 Aug, 2022

The Microsoft Dev Box service lets developers use pre-configured developer workstations in the cloud.

As of August 15, Microsoft Dev Box, its cloud-based developer-workstation service, will be available for public preview.

At Microsoft's Build developer conference earlier this year, Dev Box was announced with the aim of allowing programmers to focus on code instead of infrastructure.

IDEs, software development kits, and other development tools that run on Windows can be supported by Microsoft Dev Box. It is possible to design desktop, mobile, Internet of Things, and/or web applications using Dev Box.

In addition to Windows Subsystem for Linux and Windows Subsystem for Android, Dev Box is a Windows environment in the cloud.

The Dev Box application can be accessed from a Windows, Mac OS, Android, or iOS device or a web browser.

The Dev Boxes are available in various sizes -- four vCPUs with 16GB of storage to 32 vCPUs and 128GB of storage.

The Dev Box 8vCPU and 32GB of memory, as well as the SSD 512GB SKU of the Dev Box Storage, are free for the first 15 hours during the preview period.

The Dev Box platform runs on the Azure Virtual Desktop service and can be managed with Endpoint Manager alongside Windows 365 Cloud PCs.

In terms of pricing or availability, Microsoft has not yet revealed how much Dev Box will cost once it is generally available. The Dev Box public preview is being launched today.

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