For a long time, Microsoft had the reputation for being unfriendly to developers.

After all, Microsoft infamously spent much of the '90s and '00s battling with the open source community — the free and remixable software that they were creating posed an existential threat to Windows and other Microsoft products.

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer even infamously called the open source operating system Linux "a cancer."

But 2014 marked a turning point, when Satya Nadella took the reins as CEO, leading the company to turn this attitude around.

About a year into his reign, Microsoft released one of the surest signs yet of its new attitude: Visual Studio Code, a free and open source code editor that has its roots in Visual Studio, Microsoft's flagship integrated development environment (IDE), which is essentially the software that developers use to make more software.

Just Monday, Microsoft announced an online version of Visual Studio, which supports Visual Studio Code.

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