Introduced 7 December, Visual Studio Code 1.85 can be downloaded for Windows, Linux, or Mac.
With the new release, developers can move editors out of the main window into their own lightweight windows. Changes to an editor in one window will immediately apply to all other editor windows. To create a floating editor window, users can drag an editor out of the current window and drop it into an empty space on the desktop. New commands also are available to move or copy editors or editor groups into their own windows.
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Visual Studio Code 1.85 follows Visual Studio Code 1.84, which arrived 1 November and featured audio cues and two subsequent point release updates, versions 1.84.1 and 1.84.2.
Other new features and improvements in Visual Studio Code 1.85:
- To improve the keyboard experience, tooltips now are shown on keyboard focus for items with custom hovers such as Activity Bar and Status Bar items.
- Developers now can choose which extensions to auto-update.
- Developers also now can more conveniently navigate through Python projects’ type relationships when using the Pylance language server. This can be helpful when using large codebases with complex type relationships.
- An Incoming/Outgoing section has been introduced in the Source Control section to display incoming and outgoing changes for the current branch compared to its remote.
- For the GitHub Copilot AI developer tool, the inline chat prompt history now is persisted across VS Code sessions.
- Building on the success of the Sticky Scroll in the editor, this capability has been been extended to all tree views, enabling users to more easily navigate project trees. This feature is in preview. Also in preview is a mult-diff editor, for viewing changes in multiple files in one scrollable view.