To Favor Microsoft VS Code, Microsoft’s GitHub is Killing GitHub’s Atom Editor

Coder, coder in the hall, which is the best editor of them all!

Sorry for the really cheesy opening line. I could not prevent myself from writing that. Just as we all could not prevent the certain demise of the most loved open source code editor of the last decade, Atom.

A brief history of Atom

Atom, released in 2014 by the then independent Git Hub team, was a huge hit among the programmers.

Its neat UI, features, and numerous add-ons made it the hot favorite of the developers.

It continued its popular run despite getting tough competition from Microsoft’s recently open-sourced VS Code editor.

Atom’s loyal fanbase didn’t budge despite the rising popularity of the VS Code until Microsoft acquired GitHub in 2018.

People started wondering how long will Microsoft continue developing two similar projects that don’t make any money for it directly.

In the last four years, it did seem that Atom was losing its charm. It didn’t have any significant feature development while VS Code got more attractive as features after features landed in every release.

The writing was on the wall. Microsoft branded VS Code was being favored over Atom.

Though I don’t have any stats to back my claim, it did seem that Atom’s userbase was declining in the last couple of years. VS Code is like the default editor for young developers.

It was only time that Microsoft pulled the plug on Atom and it did that finally.

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