Microsoft has announced Visual Studio Community edition which is Microsoft Visual Studio free version not only for education and open source projects but for individual developers, student, small companies and others. The aims of this free visual studio edition is allowing more accessible to a wider set of developers using Visual Studio products.
Visual Studio Community 2013 is a new, full-featured, and FREE addition to the Visual Studio product lineup. View demos that highlight multi-device apps across Windows, Android, and iOS, and that show how Visual Studio Community can be extended to support additional languages like Python. Join Scott Hanselman, Dmitry Lyalin and members of the product team to see how this community edition includes capabilities that are perfect for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.
Visual Studio Community edition or Visual studio free edition will be available on no cost, which Microsoft will give developers the ability to use the .NET runtime and framework to make server- and cloud-based applications not just for Windows but also for Linux, Mac OS X, iOS and Android.
However, the catch on this visual studio free license from being used for designing enterprise applications.
Visual Studio community features doesn’t like stripped down Visual Studio Express 2013 (the previous free version of Visual Studio), which it offers a full suite of 5,000 extensions as well as supporting 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. Lastly, this visual studio free edition also offers various of Visual Studio tools, including Peek, Blend, Code Analysis, Graphical Debugging and full C# re factoring.
Visual Studio Community runs on Windows 7 and above.