Visual Studio 2013 Community - "Professional" development for free*


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!

Introducing Visual Studio Community 2013

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...

Visual Studio Community 2013 with Update 4

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 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...

Final Notes:

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! :)



The Discussion

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    Antoine Diekmann

    Great news !

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    Mahbubur Rahman

    Its Awesome!

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    Hi Good News!

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    Since all government-built applications are considered part of public record, do Government organizations fall under the protection of Open Source licensing?  It'd be great if that were the case! :)

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    How can visual studio 2013 community work in win7? In what will be with this version of win7 restrictered?

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    This looks great news. I am a freelance developer and have to keep saving up to buy subsequent VS editions. Hopefully this solves that :-) I am downloading this now

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    @Zbynek:. It has the same features on Windows 7 as VS 2013 Update 4 Professional...

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    One thing I find a little odd is the definition of "Enterprise". 250 PCs I can understand, but $1 million in revenue? Who is ever going to hit the first limit but not the second? Normally $1 million is firmly in the "small business" territory.

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    @Jason : I thought MM was billion ?

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    @Grey -- I thought so too initially, so I searched around and everywhere else it says "$1 million", e.g.

    "$1 Million US Dollars in annual revenue"

    Apparently the license text included in the download says:

    "An “enterprise” is any organization and its affiliates who collectively have either (a) more than 250 PCs or users or (b) more than one million US dollars (or the equivalent in other currencies) in annual revenues, and “affiliates” means those entities that control (via majority ownership), are controlled by, or are under common control with an organization."

    I think for most companies the "250 PCs" rule is a bit redundant -- you'd need less than $4k revenue per PC in your organisation for it to apply.

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    Is anybody else having trouble with intellisense with the community version? It's not working for me. I've not had this problem with the express or professional version on the same computer.

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    good news. hope its gonna work with my windows7

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    Gary Harper

    The free software is very much appreciated by why make it confusing by adding a new product name that is exactly the same as one that already exists? All you had to do is say that Visual Studio Professional is now free for individuals, those creating open source software, etc, and then be done with it. Is it so that the people who have to pay for what others are getting for free don't feel sad?

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    @Gary Harper: The difference between them is the licensing. VS 2013 Community has some licensing restrictions whereas Professional does not. So Community is Free*

    *Free for some, not everyone in every circumstance and usage. Scroll up to the Q&A section for details on that

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    @Zbynek: I use VS Community 2013 in Windows 7 under VirtualBox and no problem at all :) Smooth run :)

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    Gyan Parkash


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    Hi ,
    For security reasons , I installed the vs2013 community on a machine which can't be connected to internet .
    How can i register it the license ?

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