Two of the most effective tools that Microsoft has for developers is Visual Studio and .NET, and they have been tools that developers have used for years. Microsoft on Wednesday came out with huge news on both of them. Microsoft open sourced .NET’s core stack, while at the same time giving away Visual Studio Community 2013 for free.
Microsoft’s S Somasgear announced the news via this news via the MSDN blog, and the news was very dramatic to existing developers, and to new ones looking to learn new programming skills. The move is part of opening up developers in new areas, and should prove to be a intersting move for Microsoft in its programming future.
Open Source .NET and Free Visual Studio 2013
One of the most important tools of Microsoft’s programming language throughout the years has been .NET, and programmers have used it on various levels to build great programs. Microsoft is now open sourcing the .NET full server-side .NET core stack, and will be expanded to run on Linux, Mac OS X, and Windows.
Additionally, Microsoft is releasing a new Visual Studio Community 2013 product. This has acces to the full library of Visual Studio 2013 ecosystem, and allows programmers to build programs for the cloud, mobile, desktop, and any other platform. This is huge since Visual Studio is expensive and most stray away from it to build.
Visual Studio 2015 Preview, Updates and More
With the new programs, Microsoft also announced a preview of Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 2015. These new previews are available as of today to use, and to build upon. They both feature mobile development tools, support for cloud development like Azure, and give developers a number of new tools to use and utilize.
Visual Studio 2013 Update 4 was also released, giving dozens of updates and improvements to Visual Studio 2013 users. Visual Studio Online Release Management service and Visual Studio Cloud Deployment Projects were also announced, and these DevOps portfolio tools will help manage projects. These shou;d give developers a wide range of management tools, and should help programmers get more tools that they need today.
This was huge news for developers and Visual Studio. Microsoft is releasing free tools and open sourcing software for the future.