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Microsoft have been busy lately. First they bring out the highly anticipated Windows 8.1, then they bring out a new remote Windows desktop app for iOS and Android Microsoft Launches Remote Desktop For iOS & Android Microsoft Launches Remote Desktop For iOS & Android Microsoft have released a Remote Desktop app for iOS and Android. This neat little app brings the world of Windows to your tablets and phones, regardless of platform. Read More , and now they have released Visual Studio 2013 for you to download.

Keeping in line with their desire to get everyone to tie a Microsoft account to the services they use, you are prompted to sign in to Visual Studio with your Microsoft account, once you have downloaded and installed the program. This will allow you to keep all of your settings synced across devices, via the Cloud. You can read more about this on the Visual Studio blog.

Visual Studio is what’s called an IDE (Integrated Development Environment). What that means in plain language is a software program designed to help programmers develop and write software. Most IDE’s include a source code editor to write the code, and a compiler to put it all together. Obviously Microsoft’s version is not free. In fact, Microsoft quotes an estimated retail price on their website of an eye-watering $499.00. So obviously, this one is only for the truly professional programmers with the big budgets.

What do you think of the price tag for Visual Studio? Should Microsoft aim to lower that somewhat?

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Source: Visual Studio Blog

  1. dragonmouth
    October 26, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    "Look at the paid version this way – if this is your livelihood, it is a very small expense (costs as little as a lower-end iPhone)."

    Or, like the commercials for charities like to calculate it, less than $1.40/day. Besides, if you are a professional, the cost is tax deductible.

  2. Alex Z
    October 26, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Disclaimer: I have and use both XCode and VS every day for living.

    Express Version does not include things that a rookie developer won't need for a while, so if you want (or need) to get into the .NET development - it will work great.

    Look at the paid version this way - if this is your livelihood, it is a very small expense (costs as little as a lower-end iPhone). It includes cloud and web design and deployment, test tools. Database design and deployment tools, and lot more, to develop real applications, not just snazzy front-end. And real developer support.

    What you spend on software you recoup in hardware savings, if you run Windows on non-Apple hardware.

  3. Ekus
    October 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    There are free "Express" versions available on the very same page, and they're fully functional and work great.

    I like the Microsoft ID integration, made my recent Azure development much easier.

    • John
      October 25, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Fully functional "Express" version?
      Have you not noticed anything missing in the express version.

    • Puhazh
      October 28, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Express version now supports only development of Windows 8 Metro apps, not desktop apps.

  4. Brent Jenkins
    October 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    As a professional .NET developer, I'll buy it, but it does seem odd to charge so much when XCode and ADT are given away for free.

    • Brent Jenkins
      October 25, 2013 at 5:02 pm

      ...worst of all $499 = £499 here in the UK :(

  5. Jonathan H
    October 25, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    Why do microsoft charge so much 0_0

    • Devgame
      October 25, 2013 at 8:02 pm

      As a student I get it free. :)

    • Chris
      October 28, 2013 at 3:20 am

      @Devgame I am also a Student, and I seen that on DreamSpark they are only distributing the RT, which only limits a user with a 90 Day trial. Does your University have a specialized DreamSpark store for you particular download??

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