celebrates first birthday, after saving devs over a million hours

Microsoft has traditionally been a developer-friendly company and has offered up tools and services to help make building applications that work on Windows and other platforms as easy as possible, even as coding has become more complex. And in the last year, Microsoft has ramped up its assistance for web developers with the launch of with the goal of helping devs save time when creating cross-platform apps and services.

With the launch of, Microsoft’s goal was to help web devs save time and remove some of the frustration for coding for multiple platforms. With hundreds of potential configurations for browsers out there, was designed to make building websites and web apps much easier. With that in mind, the team behind this tool has announced that they have saved developers over one million hours with the tools available on

Microsoft notes that more than 750,000 developers have used the tools which has saved them on average 1 hr and 20 min when setting up a VM and 2 hr 48 minutes, on average, using Browserstacks, when compared to building a VM from scratch. is now over a year old and the tool has been gaining new features at a steady pace. When we asked Microsoft if they had any more updates in the pipeline, they told us that they are currently working on new enhancements to the scanning tool.

If nothing else, has already had an impact with developers and we hope to see more initiatives from Microsoft that help make coding for the modern web a bit easier. As browsers become more complex and the ability to create high-quality native applications that run in the browser increases, creating cross-platform services will become key to progressing the modern web.

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