Visual Studio Live Share

The new real-time collaborative extension, Live Share ( - for both Visual Studio and Visual Studio Code - has been officially released.

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10Q's photo

Live Share is very cool. It's a different approach compared to the Cloud IDE "code on the server" approach that others have taken. I like that I don't need to interact with a web app or IDE in the browser and can share code directly between VSCode and Visual Studio.

I'm still wondering what kind of paid plans Microsoft might bring out. Since LiveShare has been released can I get excited knowing that at least what is out now will continue to be free in the future? Their FAQ says they are still evaluating options.

Steven Ventimiglia's photo

Creative Technologist & Sr. Front-End Developer

I think it's a smart way for Microsoft to sway people into using Visual Studio, .NET, etc. - and, can be used as an effective advertising vehicle for things they do charge for.

However, they need to tread carefully. Because now they are fully embracing open source developers and the tools used through the acquisition of Github, Atom and Electron.

And, if deceived, this would not only pull those users away from their products, but it will create a cycle of mistrust and destroy what could result in a very positive a proactive model of support for those who are part of the current software community.

akshay vinchurkar's photo

seriously this is gold man i wish we could do that into sublime text

Steven Ventimiglia's photo

Creative Technologist & Sr. Front-End Developer

I used Atom for a couple of years, which is fairly reminiscent of Sublime. Before that, I used Notepad++ for over a decade.

According to a set of polls I created here on Hashnode, VS Code received more votes than Atom and Sublime combined. Quite honestly, combining all the percentages of any IDE/Editor besides VS Code still paled in comparison to the support it was receiving in those poles. It's very hard for me to switch editors, however, I felt the need to give Visual Studio Code a second try (after disliking a much earlier version of it.)

At this point, there is no turning back (out of choice.) Visual Studio Code is, by far, the best IDE I've ever worked with. The hardest part of using Atom was that too many packages weren't managed or simply didn't work properly. There were OS compatibility issues out the wazoo, as well.

I haven't had a single issue with VS Code since I officially adopted it into my workflow - and, at this point, they're taking it to the next level with extensions such as "Live Share". In my eyes, being cross-compatible and available for free on any OS (Linux, Mac, Windows), it's rightfully usurped Atom, Sublime, Eclipse, etc.

akshay vinchurkar's photo

you are right but i experienced some lag in performance of vscode when i edit remote files with filezhilla it feels like i type before and after some milliseconds the characters appear and that was discusting