Free, Full Featured Visual Studio For Small Teams
Hot on the heels of Microsoft’s game-changing announcement last week that Microsoft recently open-sourced their core software development platform, the .NET framework, the folks at Microsoft have done it again, this time in an even more bigger way! Up to now, software developers have had to pay their way, through a variety of licence fees, to become fully fledged and competent software developers. One major licence fee that has been a huge stumbling block especially for freelance developers has been the Visual Studio licence fee. Now Microsoft is removing that hurdle with the introduction of Visual Studio Community 2013 edition!
Microsoft’s first attempt at freemium software for software Developers was Visual Studio Express, a scaled down version of Visual Studio that gives you the ability to create some basic applications. Visual Studio Express comes in 3 flavours which are :
- VISUAL STUDIO 2013 EXPRESS FOR WEB
- VISUAL STUDIO 2013 EXPRESS FOR WINDOWS (DESKTOP)
- VISUAL STUDIO 2013 EXPRESS FOR WINDOWS (STORE)
- MICROSOFT VISUAL STUDIO TEAM FOUNDATION SERVER EXPRESS 2013
Hence, depending on what kind of software development you were interested in, you need to download (for free) the right version of Visual Studio Express for your purpose, or alternatively purchase Visual Studio Professional which combines all four software flavours together. Now Microsoft has changed the game once again by launching Visual Studio Community 2013 which has the following features and characteristics:
- Contains all the features of Visual Studio Professional.
- Available free for download.
- Can only be used by small teams (up to 5). Bigger teams should purchase Visual Studio Professional or Visual Studio Ultimate.
- Cannot be used in an Enterprise environment (Visual Studio Professional and Visual Studio ultimate recommended for Enterprise).
- Can be used to develop commercial and non-commercial software.
After analysing the above you can see that Microsoft has gone to great lengths to reduce the barriers to entry for open source developers who would like to start developing for Windows. I believe the future of software development is changing especially from a Microsoft perspective. Its time to become a .NET Developer!!!