From: Joe Crescenzi
, Founder - Staten Island, NY
UPDATE.... Microsoft is making Visual Studio free to small developers
This is a bold move for Microsoft... Announcing Open Source of .NET Core Framework, .NET Core Distribution for Linux/OSX, and Free Visual Studio Community Edition
Based on this, it will now be free for independent programmers and developers in small companies to develop software:
Here's an excerpt:
"Announcing Visual Studio Community Edition
I’m also excited to announce that we are launching a new free edition of Visual Studio today that will empower even more developers to build great apps and solutions.
The new Visual Studio Community 2013 edition is a full-featured IDE. It supports multiple project types in one solution file in a single IDE, and has all of the productivity features and IDE extensibility capabilities (meaning you can use Xamarin, ReSharper, VsVim, and any other VSIX extension) that developers love in Visual Studio.
It is now available completely free for:
Any individual developer working on a commercial or non-commercial project
Any developer contributing to an open source project
Anyone in an academic research or course setting (e.g. students, teachers, classroom, online course)
Any non-enterprise organization with 5 or fewer developers working on a commercial/non-commercial project together"
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