Visual Studio is an application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool for developers and testers, it contains everything you need to develop, deploy, test and manage an application or website.
The tools and features available in with Visual Studio include:
Debugging and Diagnostics, Testing Tools, Developer platform support, Architecture and modelling, Lab management, Collaboration, Software and services for production use and Software for development and testing. The tools available depend on the edition of Visual Studio purchased.
For greatest value, buy Visual Studio together with an MSDN Subscription and get development and testing licenses of up to 11 terabytes of Microsoft software, free Azure credit, free technical support incidents and more (features dependent on edition purchased).
The latest version of the Visual Studio IDE is now available in preview and contains new features to support cross-platform mobile development, web and cloud development, IDE productivity enhancements, and more:
- Create ASP.NET 5 websites that can run on multiple platforms including Windows, Linux and Mac
- Connected Services experience enabling easier integration of services into Apps including O365, SalesForce and Azure Platform Services
- Smart Unit Testing (formerly known as PEX)
- New coding productivity enhancements (Roslyn)
Visual Studio Community is oriented towards individual developers and small teams. It supports multiple languages and provides support for extensions.
- Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
- An unlimited number of users within an organisation can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.
- In non-enterprise organisations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organisations (those with more than 250 PCs or more than $USD1Million in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.
- Visual Studio Community 2013 includes all the functionality of Visual Studio Professional 2013, designed and optimised for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.
Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 is the state-of-the-art development solution that empowers teams of all sizes to design, create and modernise scalable applications that span devices and services. A simplified development solution enables all roles involved in a software project to create the high-quality, mission-critical software your company depends on.
The Ultimate Edition's MSDN Subscription provides all the features of the Premium Edition's MSDN Subscription, plus includes Visual Studio Feature Packs that provide additional functionality exclusively to MSDN Ultimate subscribers.
Whether you are writing code, planning, testing, debugging, or managing applications, you can use the powerful tools in Visual Studio Premium 2013 to increase productivity and enable seamless collaboration in your development team to continuously deliver high-quality applications across devices or the cloud.
The Premium Edition's MSDN Subscription provides all the features of the Professional Edition's MSDN Subscription, plus additionally provides production use licences of Office Professional Plus, test and development licenses of Office, Dynamics, all other Microsoft Server products (SharePoint, Exchange etc.), a range of Windows Azure benefits, 4 free technical support incidents and 2 free Microsoft e-learning courses.
Visual Studio Professional 2013 can help you create applications that have innovative user experiences that delight your customers. The integrated environment makes complex tasks easier so that you can focus on achieving your goals. By using Visual Studio Professional 2013, you can deliver quality applications on Windows, Windows Phone, Office, the web, or the cloud.
The Professional Edition can also be purchased with an MSDN Subscription which provides Team Foundation Server (with one client access licence), test and development licenses of Windows, Windows Server and SQL Server, a range of Windows Azure benefits, 2 free technical support incidents and 1 free Microsoft e-learning collection.
A special edition of Visual Studio designed for testers (The Test Professional Edition cannot develop applications). The Test Professional Edition comes with:
- Numerous testing tools including manual testing, exploratory testing and test case management.
- Lab management tools for creating virtual test environments.
The Test Professional Edition comes with a full MSDN Subscription which provides Team Foundation Server and 1 Client Access Licence (CAL) to access it, test and development licenses of Windows, Windows Server and SQL Server, 2 free technical support incidents and 1 free Microsoft e-learning collection.
Software included in MSDN Subscriptions is provided with rights to design, develop, test and demonstrate your software applications. Licensed users may install the software on any number of devices for these purposes only. Only individually licensed subscribers may use the software.
An MSDN subscription provides a wide-range of benefits including:
- Software - download over 11 terabytes of Microsoft software for development and testing purposes
- E-learning - depending on your subscription level, you may be eligible to choose up to 2 Microsoft e-learning courses from an extensive library
- Priority Support - Microsoft engineers are on hand to answer your questions in the MSDN forums within two business day
- Technical Support - depending on your subscription level you may be eligible for up to 4 technical support incidents
- Online Concierge - get chat-based help on finding specific information on msdn.com
- MSDN Magazine - get a free digital copy of the MSDN Magazine every month, packed full of useful development advice
- Windows Azure - depending on your subscription level you may be eligible to receive free Azure hours every month
MSDN subscribers now have access to Pluralsight training.
- All MSDN subscribers now have between 3 and 12 months free subscription access to up to 30 Pluralsight courses.
- This offers additional value for MSDN subscribers to increase developer skills and productivity at no additional cost.