Microsoft launches Dev Box, a Workstation-as-a-Service for Developers

Microsoft has announced a new custom virtualization solution called “Microsoft Dev Box” that will enable developers to quickly access pre-configured cloud-powered workstations on any device via a web browser.

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The company made this disclosure this week during Build 2022, its annual developer conference.

It is known that setting up a new physical machine based on their specific requirements could be time-consuming for developers. With the new Dev Box service, IT administrators will be able to provide new developers with easier access to a standard development environment before working on any project.

Microsoft Dev Box is built on the Windows 365 Cloud PC service that was launched last year. It allows developers to access their Dev Boxes on any device (Windows, macOS, iOS, Android) with access to a web browser. This essentially means that developers will be able to set up images, assign team members, and begin coding their projects right away.

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The company statement reads; “Microsoft Dev Box empowers developers to focus on the code only they can write, making it easy for them to access the tools and resources they need without worrying about workstation configuration and maintenance.

“Dev teams preconfigure Dev Boxes for specific projects and tasks, enabling devs to get started quickly with an environment that’s ready to build and run their app in minutes.

“Microsoft Dev Box ensures unified management, security, and compliance stay in the hands of IT by leveraging Windows 365 to integrate Dev Boxes with Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Manager,” the company said.

The Dev Box service is Microsoft’s latest nod to serve hybrid workers, as Windows 365 Cloud PCs provide a user-oriented Windows experience streaming service that Microsoft describes as “hybrid Windows for a hybrid world.”

The company also offers Azure Virtual Desktop, said to enable a secure remote desktop experience from virtually anywhere.

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