When comparing Visual Studio Online vs Codio, the Slant community recommends Codio for most people. In the question“What are the best cloud IDEs?” Codio is ranked 9th while Visual Studio Online is ranked 20th.
Ranked in these QuestionsQuestion Ranking
Pro Private repositories freely available
Private repositories are free and unlimited for any user.
Pro Continuous integration available
Pro Integrated with Visual Studio IDE
Integrated with the Visual Studio IDE for visualizing on which branch the developer is working currently and visualizes changes not committed yet.
Pro TFS and Git support
Pro Project Management tools (e.g. bug tracking)
Issue management, Task planning, resource planning, scrum
Pro Data encrypted at rest
Most data is encrypted. Microsoft working on getting this to 100%. Handy if you have compliance requirement here
Pro Stakeholder accounts are free
Approvers, bug reporters, anyone who doesn't commit code free.
Pro Full enterprise solution
Because it is a full enterprise solution, It does almost everything in the SDLC and it does it well.
Pro Gated check ins support
You can't approve your own check-ins.
Pro Designed to teach programming
Pro Fully functional terminal
Codio gives you full access to a terminal, with all the ubuntu commands. You can use the terminal within the page, or you can access by SSH from your computer.
Emmet support for a whole range of features that really boost productivity when working with HTML and CSS. These features include expanding abbreviations into full HTML or CSS as well as some very powerful keyboard shortcuts.
Pro BitBucket integration
It's possible to launch Codio from within BitBucket's repo by adding Codio integration as an add-on.
Pro Server-side environment
Pro Node.js included by default.
Includes Monokai style theme by Luigi Maselli.
The code is proprietary.
Con Overwhelming complexity
Since it's made to be an enterprise product for large teams and companies, it may be overwhelming for small teams and projects.
Con Limited collaboration features
VSO is built for well-defined teams, not for open-source projects where everyone can collaborate. In order to participate in any way, a user has to be explicitly added to a team.