Microsoft officials blogged about availability of the Visual Studio Code (VS Code) 1.0 release on April 14, noting that more than 500,000 developers are using VS Code each month. There have been two million installations of VS Code since the public preview was released in March 2015.
Full-blown Visual Studio runs only on Windows, and supports projects and solutions. VS Code is based on files/folders, and is especially suited to building cross-platform Web and cloud applications.
VS Code can trace its roots back to work done by Microsoft's "Monaco" team, which was charged with building a subset of Visual Studio that would run in a browser. It evolved to become an editing tool that could be installed on Windows, OS X and Linux and used for any type of code editing, navigating, debugging and working with Git.
It can be downloaded for free and works on Windows 7, 8 and 10; Linux x64 (Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, CentOS), and OS X Yosemite and El Capitan.