I know all of you watched last week's Connect(); virtual event? Or you've been catching up on-demand? You've all seen the Net explode with word about the newly released version of Visual Studio? What? There's that 1 out of a hundred that hasn't? Well we can't have that!
Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new, full-featured, and FREE addition to the Visual Studio product lineup. View demos that highlight multi-device apps across Windows, Android, and iOS, and that show how Visual Studio Community can be extended to support additional languages like Python. Join Scott Hanselman, Dmitry Lyalin and members of the product team to see how this community edition includes capabilities that are perfect for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.
What do you get? What can you build?
Where do you get it? Here's one place, besides the one above, where you can get wither the web installer or grab the ISO...
Download Visual Studio Community for a free, full-featured IDE with powerful coding productivity features, cross-platform mobile development tools for Windows, iOS and Android, and access to thousands of extensions. This edition of Visual Studio is available at no cost for non-enterprise application development.
Sign in to Visual Studio within 30 days with your Microsoft account to synchronize your settings across multiple machines and register your product.
How is this edition different than Express/Professional/Premier/Ultimate?
Q: Who can use Visual Studio Community?
A: Here’s how individual developers can use Visual Studio Community:
- Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
Here’s how Visual Studio Community can be used in organizations:
- An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.
- For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1MM in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.
Q: How does Visual Studio Community 2013 compare to other Visual Studio editions?
A: Visual Studio Community 2013 includes all the great functionality of Visual Studio Professional 2013, designed and optimized for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.
Q: How do I create a Visual Studio extension?
A: Millions of developers use Visual Studio extensions every day. Check out http://integrate.visualstudio.com for more information on building on any of the Visual Studio development tools and services.
For more information on Licensing, check out Visual Studio and MSDN Licensing White Paper
So what does this mean? It means that for many of you, you can go out and grab a fully featured Visual Studio edition now, free. No more worrying about which "Express" edition to get. One where you can finally use the thousands of Visual Studio extensions that are available, like the kinds I've been highlighting here every Monday...
One free edition to rule them all...
Since the Community edition is in the same family as Pro/Premier/Ultimate you cannot install it side-by-side with them. It will install side-by-side with any Express editions you might have. So you all you have is one ore more Express editions, then go grab this now. If you have Pro/Premier/Ultimate installed, then there's no need to get Community...
When you install Community, you will be in a 30 day trial mode.
"What? I thought you said this was free! Not a trial version. What gives?"
Just sign in/"Check for an updated license", log in with your Windows Account (and/or create one) and you'll be good to go.
"But Greg, you probably have an uber-account, with MSDN, etc! What about us Joe's and Jane's without that?"
Don't worry, this will work for you too. You just need that Windows account, that's it. I have a dummy account that's not hooked up to anything and it works just fine...
It's a new day, go get your dev on and please let us know what you build! :)