Why would Microsoft continue to support Atom, when VSCode is 200% better?
"Developers are really particular about their setup, and choosing an editor is one of the most personal decisions a developer makes. Languages change, jobs change, you often get a new computer or upgrade your OS, but you usually pick an editor and grow with it for years. The last thing I would want to do is take that decision away from Atom users.
Atom is a fantastic editor with a healthy community, adoring fans, excellent design, and a promising foray into real-time collaboration. At Microsoft, we already use every editor from Atom to VS Code to Sublime to Vim, and we want developers to use any editor they prefer with GitHub.
So we will continue to develop and support both Atom and VS Code going forward."
They succeeded: the limits where found, moved, found again, moved again, and now hidden far away. The current limit is just performance. Electron is the valueable outcome, in hindside Atom was the side product.
I dont use either! Simple text editor = nano + notepad, and IDE = JetBrains (mostly WebStorm).
I happen to work on code that is very sensitive in nature and I really don't want it in other people's hands.
Can never seem to get indentation working correctly with VSCode but Atom never has an issue. Also I find Atom's extensions to be a lot more solid.
They are supposedly doing it with Linux right now.
I would like to read a convincing account of how M$ would extend and extinguish the Linux kernel (or GNU userland for that matter). All I can imagine they care about is a) making sure Azure succeeds and b) getting users on monthly subscriptions for everything.
It's not that I don't believe the latter 2 of the 3 E's aren't plausible, I just haven't read a convincing account of what they could feasibly be and why M$ would have that incentive beyond spite. Satya Nadella seems like a paragon of neo-liberalism (everybody should be nice and get along, just let us maximise profits).
Whether or not the allegations are correct/plausible, I feel it is very important to have them. At this point, we can't say for sure as to what the eventual goals are (since they won't talk openly about it), but it is always good to have criticism, especially considering their past as a company, not just the CEO...
Nokia and Skype were both bought by MS and mismanaged. There is nothing about "Embrace, Extend, Extinguish" that applies.
The strategy of having multiple products in a given category is well understood by many segments (think about how many beverages CocaCola has!).
MSFT might "consolidate" or "unify" the underlying engine for Atom and VSCode, but I highly doubt they will discontinue/terminate Atom as a project/product given the goodwill damage that would have in the wider Open Source community.
Atom is now focusing its energy on Xray or Atom 2.0 Which is aiming to be even faster than VSCode.
There is another Editor in the work called Xi, aiming at or even faster than Sublime Text.
However both are still years from production ready.