[ExI] META: Software - MS Visual Studio now available free

BillK pharos at gmail.com
Mon Nov 17 14:59:16 UTC 2014

Microsoft has released a free version of Visual Studio. This is a good
buy as it used to be expensive.

Microsoft today launched the Community 2013 edition of Visual Studio,
which essentially replaces the very limited Visual Studio Express
version the company has been offering for a few years now.

There is a huge difference between Visual Studio Express and the aptly
named Visual Studio 2013 Community edition, though: The new version is
extensible, so get access to the over 5,100 extensions now in the
Visual Studio ecosystem. 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 (you can,
however, use it for any other kind of commercial and non-commercial

Download here:
Note that this is a 9GB download, so you need a fast connection and
plenty of disk space.

As it supports Visual Basic and many other languages, it might be
useful for youngsters learning to program. (Spike?)

You can also download a tuition pack.
Microsoft Visual Studio Learning Pack 2.0


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