I'd really like to, but unfortunately it's not in my hands. We are currently using Visual Studio 2012, and moving to 2015 will require a huge investment for our company. So while I'd love to move to the latest and greatest version, my guts tells me we won't.
I have download the pre-release and I really like it. But as a hobby developer, the cost is too high for me. Since VS 2003, I always wait for the opportunity to get visual studio for a discounted price. Usually this is 1-2 years after RTM.
What about the Community Edition[^]? It's available for free for individual developers and offers the same features as the Professional version, starting with Visual Studio 2013 and I'm sure there will be one of Visual Studio 2015 as well.
I did not know that. Thanks for sharing. I knew there was a community version but I just assumed it was the new express. Express did not take add-ins however it looks like community does. That is cool, I'm going to jump right in then.
The only difference Community has compared to Professional is licensing. Basically you can only ise it if you're in academics or open-source or in a team with less than 5(?) devs, I can't remember the exact license. So if you're solo, you're good.
Sometimes your sort of forced to upgrade to be able to code the next version of windows and mobile devices.
I'm happy with VS2012, but I do use VS2013 for Windows Apps.
And I didn't care for the licensing model of VS2013 MSDN subscription, where if you didn't fire it up every 30 days, the 1 year license expires.
A bit of Googling[^] suggests you should be able to make the 30 day signon to the MS cloud for license verification go away by manually installing the product key from MSDN.
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I had a MSDN subscription along with an action pack.
The MSDN subscription allows for 3 users to use software for 1 year.
so if yo u don't' fire up VS2013 every 28 days, the license expires, and you have to use another user to reactivate it.
I had to call MSDN tech support and use a tech support incident to figure it out.
I will definitely update to VS 2015 for home use. When I have time (I also run a ranch), I play with the VS, creating and updating the programs I use to keep ranch records. Every year, it seems like either the DoA (Department of Agriculture) or the State of Texas introduce some new record keeping requirement.
At work (I work for a .org) is a different story. We will have to upgrade eventually, but I am not sure when. The biggest issue is the budget, most of which pays for the services to our clients, mostly in the form of the salary of our clinicians. Not much is left over for niceties, such as new office furniture, new software tools, new servers, et al.
I have been waiting for Visual Studio's next version. Not because it is the next big thing... But instead because I have been waiting for Visual C#'s 6th version and also for ASP.NET's 5th version.
I have been waiting to host it in Console application also. Secondly, I want to try the new Dictionary objects and their value passing etc.
Also I have install the technical preview in my brother's laptop to teach him about programming... I have loved the new debugging tools, memory snap shots and all of the new content. I am loving it! Visual Studio 2015 has amazed me in many ways... One of them is the Blend. Which enables you to design the XAML user-interface just the way you did in Windows Forms.
Cross-platform using Xamarin didn't catch my eye. But, cross-platform programming in C++ did catch my eye and I am waiting for that (eagerly)!
So, I would definitely upgrade to Visual Studio 2015.
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still needing to pass to 2008 but we'll skip, maybe, to 2012. We don't and can't use .NET so little difference is made, we still have to support win2k and XP so no big deal, but... in the time VS 2008 boots up I have already opened several VS6.
Also we'd need a hardware upgrade to run Win7 and that powerful stuff, we still go on with 1GB of ram (I have 2 because I robbed a PC that I requested as "extra"... until they ask it back I have taken also the 250 GB disk instead of the 80 GB built in. Yes it's stone age, no the management doesn't care).
Almost Each year I am up-grading my Visual studio, I agree that there are many new features implemented in each version and it will helpful for development but while understanding whole new features list, MS again introduce new Visual studio, eventually I need to upgrade that new version and Sometimes I think ....I am Wasting my time in up gradation rather than development
I like to stay a couple of years behind. Currently, I am upgrading a lot of our stuff to 4.5 framework and solutions to VS 2013. I don't like getting too far ahead so I don't waste time with things like WF and Silverlight.
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