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GitHub Copilot – August 28th Update

This week, GitHub Copilot brings you a new interactive experience with chat in Visual Studio, several updates to the chat experience in Visual Studio Code, and the arrival of an expanded context window.

Stay in the flow with Interactive Code Assistant View in Visual Studio

With the Interactive Code Assistant view, you can now refine code with Copilot Chat directly within your editor window – no need to switch to a chat window! Simply use “Ask Copilot” in your code to ask questions and view inline answers. Copilot’s code suggestions appear side by side with your code, following the Visual Studio diff view pattern. This lets you review, correct, and refine suggestions at your own pace before applying changes. Throughout the process, you remain in control. To learn more about chat in Visual Studio, head to the latest blog.

Updated /slash commands, Quick Chat improvements, and expanded context in the 1.81 release of Visual Studio Code

Save time with slash command improvements

Forget deleting commands one letter at a time. With the latest update, commands now render as blocks and can be deleted with a single backspace! We’ll also automatically execute slash commands like /clear and /help when they’re selected from the suggestion list, removing the need to explicitly submit the chat request after accepting a completion.

Updated Quick Chat experience

Prefer an ephemeral chat experience instead of a panel or in-editor one? Quickly activate this view with Shift + Cmd/Ctrl + I. In this update, we’ve added conversation history and support for slash command completion to bring it closer to our other chat experiences.

Expanded context to include the terminal

Copilot chat context now extends beyond code files, taking in the active terminal’s buffer and selection to better inform its responses.

To learn more about updates to the Visual Studio Code experience, check out the full release notes.

Expanding Copilot’s context window to 8k

We’ve officially rolled out the 8k context window for all code completion requests! 🥳 With this change, Copilot has greater flexibility to include additional information as part of requests and ultimately improve the suggestions you receive!

Questions, suggestions, or ideas?

Join the conversation in the Copilot community discussion. We’d love to hear from you!

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Dependabot version updates help you keep your dependencies up-to-date by opening pull requests when dependencies can be upgraded. With today's release, you can now use flexible grouping options in dependabot.yml to take control of how Dependabot structures its pull requests to make them more mergeable for you based on your context. Whether you'd like to simply update as many dependencies at once as possible (patterns: *) or minimize the risk of breaking changes (dependency-type: development or update-types: "patch"), there are grouping options for you.

Until today, Dependabot would always open individual pull requests for every dependency update in accordance with your configuration in dependabot.yml. Not only can this result in a large number of Dependabot pull requests, but there are some dependencies which must be updated in tandem with each other or the update will fail. In these cases, the individual Dependabot pull requests would always fail until you manually intervened to do the update.

The available grouping options are:

  • patterns, which will match based on package names
  • dependency-type, which will group based on development or production dependencies, for ecosystems where this is supported, and
  • update-types, which will group based on SemVer level update

At this time, grouping is not available for security updates or Dependabot alerts.

Learn more about grouping configuration options here

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