Microsoft has announced a new service that it says will give developers self-service access to high-performance, cloud-based workstations that are pre-configured and ready to code for specific projects.
The new service, called Microsoft Dev Box, was announced at Microsoft Build, the company’s annual developer conference.
It comes with the rollout of a new Azure deployment environment, which Microsoft says will make it easier for development teams to jumpstart application infrastructure using project-based templates.
Why are you moving?
The latest development could be good news for developers who don’t have access to a powerful physical workstation.
Microsoft says the cloud-based service update will help developers currently facing long onboarding times, conflicting development workstation setups, and difficulty switching tasks.
The software giant says Dev Box enables developers to focus only on the code they write, giving them access to the tools and resources they need without worrying about workstation configuration and maintenance.
Development teams can preconfigure development boxes for specific projects and tasks, enabling developers to quickly get started with an environment that is ready to quickly build and run their applications against Microsoft.
Additionally, Microsoft says Dev Box leverages Windows 365 to integrate Dev Boxes with Intune and Microsoft Endpoint Manager.
In terms of IT security, according to Microsoft, IT administrators will be able to implement comprehensive access controls in Azure Active Directory, including establishing conditional access policies, requiring users to connect through compliant devices, requiring multi-factor authentication (MFA) to log in , or configure risk-based login policies for development boxes that access sensitive source code and customer data.
user can go to here (opens in new tab) Sign up to evaluate the Microsoft Dev Box, which is currently in private preview, before entering public preview in the next few months.