Microsoft Visual Studio is #4 in Top 12 IDE Software

Microsoft Visual Studio
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.

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#4 in Top 12 IDE Software


The best alternatives to Microsoft Visual Studio are: Adobe Dreamweaver, NetBeans, Xcode, Eclipse, Code Blocks

Latest news about Microsoft Visual Studio

2020. Microsoft’s Visual Studio Online code editor is now Visual Studio Codespaces and gets a price drop

About a year ago, Microsoft launched Visual Studio Online, its online code editor based on the popular Visual Studio Code project. It’s basically a full code editor and hosted environment that lives in your browser. Today, the company announced that it is changing the name of this service to Visual Studio Codespaces. It’s also dropping the price of the service by more than 50% and giving developers the option to run it on relatively low-performance virtual machines that will start at $0.08 per hour.

2015. Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2015

Microsoft officially launched the latest version of the Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE) together with an update to its .NET framework. Visual Studio 2015 (VS 2015) is now available for download (and purchase). Microsoft also released a couple of new download numbers for various tools in the Visual Studio ecosystem. Visual Studio Community, for example, the much-improved free version of the software for non-enterprise users, has now been downloaded 5 million times since its launch seven months ago. More than 3.2 million developers have now registered for the Visual Studio Online services. Visual Studio Code, the standalone code editor for Windows, Mac and Linux, has seen half a million downloads since its launch three months ago. More than half of those downloads came from Mac and Linux users. Visual Studio also integrated Apache Cordova, so developers can write iOS and Android apps using HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

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

At its Build developer conference, Microsoft today announced the launch of Visual Studio Code, a lightweight cross-platform code editor for writing modern web and cloud applications that will run on OS X, Linux and Windows. This marks the first time that Microsoft offers developers a true cross-platform code editor. The full Visual Studio is still Windows-only, but today’s announcement shows the company’s commitment to supporting other platforms. Visual Studio Code offers developers built-in support for multiple languages and as Microsoft noted in today’s Build keynote, the editor will feature rich code assistance and navigation for all of these languages. JavaScript, TypeScript, Node.js and ASP.NET 5 developers will also get a set of additional tools. The editor features all of the standard tools you would expect from a modern code editor, including syntax highlighting, customizable keyboard bindings, bracket matching and snippets.

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

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.