Make visual studio free
Developers, developers, developers, etc.
I don’t know whether to mark this issue as completed or declined. We have Visual Studio Express for this specific purpose. Also, as someone in the comments noted, we have couple of *-Spark programs that give you access to the software free of charge, for up to 3 years.
So there are some options available. It would be tough to justify our 1000 person development team if in the end, we simply gave the entire product away :-)
Doug Turnure – Visual Studio PM
The big problem is the lack of a standard edition. Visual Studio 2008 Standard was a great product that was at a reasonable price.
Ronan Thibaudau commented
I don't mind the price, and i'm a one man company that bought premium with msdn over 3 years so that was far from free. It's a great product and pretty much the single product you need for most type of applications. In the most industries you'd have to buy 40K of machines to get to work, here you pay 1/10 of that for the top tools. Besides most companies could go off using express everything, actually had i not been spoiled from using ultimate at my previous company, i'd prolly have gone with express or pro (depending on wether i needed plugins or had to support multi project types).
However Microsoft should really expand express to stay in line with the 1 ide multi language idea of the highter up VS, it's very confusing to a begginer when he has to develop a web app in one application, a management app in another, and only the web one allows direct db connection for exemple. Keep up the "big gun features" in the paid editions, but do just the extra step of shiping VS as one app in express and making all features available in one express edition also available in all the other.
Well, in my opinion, Premium and Ultimate version are too expansive for typical programmers that might need some extra features only a few days per year maybe to find a performance problem or maybe browse the architecture.
Either the price should be reduced to say twice and three time the price of the professional version respectively or they should allows us to pay some extra features as a service that would allows to uses some features a limited number of times/duration.
Or another alternative would be to pay only for extra features we want to use (profiling, architectures, testing extra stuff, database extra stuff, intellitrace...).
The gap is too big particulary when the extra features would be used less than 1% of the time.
I like VS2010 Ultimate but it is so expensive, I have to settle for buying the version Professional.
Would not it be cheaper if sold individually each languages (VB, C#,C++,J#...) . That each developer choose your favorite and all together the price they have now.
Thomas van Veen commented
Yeah, but only the Ultimate Edition!
There is a very basic Express Version. The Windows Phone SDK comes with it. It does have limitations though
for me ..it isn't about money ,i have money and i'm making every month enough to buy 10 VS2010 products,
but if Microsoft wants to post the usability and the development of their products they should release the source code and allow others to edit it.
in a short words OPEN SOURCE
Clinton Gallagher commented
Consolidate all of the free versions and offer one free version equivalent to VS2010 Pro and put all that talent developing and maintaining those other releases to work improving new HTML5 and Silverlight/WPF tooling.
Riccardo Marcangelo commented
money, money, money
All versions don't have to be free.
But there should be a version that anyone get download for learning the libraries and tools and trying out publically available examples. The current Visual C++ Express version is too crippled without the C++ library MFC and resource editors. Disable release mode if you want, but don't make the same mistake again. Eclipse is free you know.
Visual Studio (and almost all other Microsoft software) is free for startups via the BizSpark program. See http://www.microsoft.com/BizSpark/
It even includes free usage of Windows Azure and a free subscription to the Windows Phone App Hub where you can publish Windows Phone 7 apps!
I don't know about free but it is crazy expensive for a startup/indie developer. And on top of that its about double the price in Australia even though the exchange rate is about the same.