Android Studio vs Microsoft Visual Studio
Last updated: November 25, 2015
Android Studio is a new Android development environment based on IntelliJ IDEA. It provides new features and improvements over Eclipse ADT and will be the official Android IDE once it's ready.
Microsoft Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft. Visual Studio is a comprehensive collection of developer tools and services to help you create apps for the Microsoft platform and beyond.
Android Studio vs Microsoft Visual Studio in our news:
2015 - Android Studio 2.0 features Instant Run
Google launched version 2.0 of its Android Studio integrated development environment (IDE) for writing apps for its mobile operating system. It is now 2x faster than in previous releases. That’s a huge step forward, but what developers will likely appreciate even more in this new version is the addition of a new feature called “Instant Run.” This almost mimics the experience of writing HTML, where you write your code, reload your browser and see what changed. On mobile, that process typically takes quite a bit longer, even with the improved build speeds. Instant Run lets developers build and deploy their apps once (both to the emulator or to a physical device) and then as they change their code and deploy it, it’ll only take a second or two before they can see those changes in the running app. This feature will work for all apps that target Ice Cream Sandwich and later.
2015 - Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2015 to bring in Microsoft Visio
2015 - Microsoft Visual Studio will allow to transform Android and iOS apps to Windows apps
Microsoft that is suffering from a chronic shortage of applications on its Windows Phone and Windows 8.x platforms, announced that developers will be able to more easily bring their Android applications to Windows devices. The company said developers will be able to “reuse nearly all the Java and C++ code from an Android phone app to create apps for phones running Windows 10.” Developers will also be able to recycle their Objective-C apps for iOS using new tools in Visual Studio. Microsoft also announced that web developers will now be able to bring their web apps and traditional Windows desktop apps to the Windows Store. Until now, developers could have their regular Windows apps featured in the store, but the actual purchase had to happen on the developer’s site. Now they can be installed right from the store.
2015 - Microsoft launched Visual Studio for OS X and Linux
2015 - Microsoft simplifies Visual Studio pricing for Enterprise
Microsoft is going to consolidate its Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate offerings for enterprises into a single product when it launch Visual Studio 2015 later this year. Now called Visual Studio Enterprise With MSDN, this new version will include all of the features developers were getting with Visual Studio Ultimate (IntelliTrace in production, CodeLens support, etc.). It’s also dropping the price of this new Enterprise version to slightly below the old price of the Premium edition. Enterprise with MSDN will now cost $5,999 for the first year and $2,569 for subsequent years (the old price for Premium was $6,119 for the first year and $2,569 from then on). That’s a 55 percent price drop for current Ultimate subscribers. The price of Visual Studio Pro, the company’s offering for individuals and smaller teams, will remain at $1,199 for the first year and $799 for renewals.
2014 - Microsoft launches free Visual Studio for small teams to catch up with WebStorm
Microsoft launched the Community edition of Visual Studio IDE, which essentially replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express version the company has been offering for a few years now. It’s basically a full version of Visual Studio with no restrictions, except that you can’t use it in an enterprise setting and for teams with more than five people. The shift that’s happening here is Visual Studio is basically going freemium. Microsoft has now built a set of online tools around Visual Studio Online that it believes people will pay for. The Visual Studio IDE is now the gateway into the rest of that ecosystem and the more developers Microsoft can get onto that platform, the more will also want to use the rest of the company’s (paid) toolset through subscriptions to MSDN and other channels.