Microsoft spokesperson: We hope to bring VS Code to macOS on the ARM platform
Visual Studio Code is a free cross-platform open-source code editor launched by Microsoft in 2015. It is one of the most popular code editors in the developer field.
Apple announced at this year’s WWDC 2020 conference that it will make the macOS system to migrate from the Intel x86 platform to the ARM platform and also released a Mac mini test machine for developers to migrate software code. This device is equipped with Apple’s own A12Z processing. The device is equipped with 16GB of memory and 512GB of the solid-state hard drive. Unlike the past, this Mac mini is equipped with a macOS that is different from the past and built with the ARM architecture. Therefore, the original x86 software will not be able to use the macOS on the ARM architecture. So, developers need to recompile to run on the new Macbook.
Steve Sinofsky, the former head of Microsoft Windows, told the media that Apple’s ARM-based Mac will be the “ultimate developer PC”, and there will be fewer and fewer devices equipped with Intel processors.
Before, some developers used the Mac mini to run performance tests, and the final result showed that the performance of the A12Z was stronger than the Microsoft SQ1 processor carried by the Surface Pro X that Microsoft launched last year.
When a Microsoft spokesperson recently responded to media, they also said that their team is studying how to bring VS Code to the Arm-based Macs. Because there are many VS Code users on the macOS platform, they also want to continue to provide service support for these users.
Considering that Microsoft has released VS Code supporting ARM Windows 10 not long ago, it is estimated that it will not be long before Microsoft releases VS Code supporting Arm-based Macs.