Visual Studio Online “Monaco” April 2014 Update

Single Sign On

Our goal each month is to make it easier to use Visual Studio Online “Monaco” to build Azure Websites. One constant challenge has been with identity and the story is finally starting to get easier. In early May the Azure team rolled out “single sign on” for Azure Websites. This means that as long as you are logged into the Azure portal, you no longer need to set up and use deployment credentials to access the Monaco Workbench, from any browser.

Git Credentials Management

Git credential management has improved in April too. First, we've landed on a simple modal dialog experience for entering credentials. No matter where we need to prompt, you get a consistent experience instead of being put into the in place editor in the console.


Even better, if you have connected to a VS Online repository, you won't be prompted for git credentials at all. We are now leveraging VS Online’s support for using an OAuth access token for authentication.

HTML Preview

In April we brought our HTML preview support in line with our Markdown preview support.


When you click on the “Preview” action in an HTML file, we will open the HTML right in the workbench, which means that we can automatically reload the page on idle, after changes have been made. We can split the HTML editor and turn on preview on the right hand side. So now when we make edits the HTML is automatically rendered on idle.


By default, JavaScript is disabled for the iFrame to avoid side effects of errant or unknown code. For full fidelity, you can enable JavaScript by clicking on “Enable JavaScript” in the overflow command list



The last thing I want to mention from April is a couple of small enhancements in the Console. First, we are now using a little color to distinguish the path from the git branch and status. Second, we've change the folder separator to be a backslash instead of a forward slash, to match the underlying file system.


Check it out and let us know what you think!

The Monaco Team

Comments (2)

  1. Jim Lamb says:

    You might want to provide a link to where someone could "check it out." 🙂

  2. Frank says:


    Thanks for the blog posts re: Monaco. But, how do I add users to my Azure account so they can edit in Monaco with me?

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