Microsoft Dev Box now ready for developers to try cloud-powered workstations

Microsoft is now giving developers access to a preview version of its Microsoft Dev Box cloud-powered workstations. The software giant announced Microsoft Dev Box earlier this year, and it’s basically an easy way for developers to set up powerful cloud PCs for application testing. Dev Box contains apps and services specifically designed for developers to quickly access preconfigured workstations.

Windows 365 helps manage Microsoft Dev Box, and developers can now quickly preview these Azure Virtual Desktop machines from anywhere from a modern browser. Microsoft Dev Box machines support any integrated development environment (IDE), software development kit (SDK), or tools that run on top of Windows.

Microsoft Dev Box runs on top of Windows 365.
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Developers can preview a Microsoft Dev Box configured with eight virtual CPUs and 32 GB of RAM. Businesses can try the first 15 hours of free CPU and memory usage per month, in addition to the first 365 hours of a 512 GB storage SKU. Final pricing means developers and businesses only pay for what they use in a consumption-based model. Microsoft plans to charge organizations per hour for compute and storage.

Microsoft Dev Box supports machines with up to 32 virtual CPUs and 128 GB of RAM. Developers can deploy dev boxes in their local Azure region and each machine is equipped with gigabit connection speeds. Microsoft has also created a portal for developers to organize dev boxes, making it ideal for managing legacy apps or older versions of apps for certain customers.