Thursday, November 13, 2014

Visual Studio Community 2013 (www.visualstudio.com)

Who can use Visual Studio Community?
  • Here’s how individual developers can use Visual Studio Community: Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
  • Here’s how Visual Studio Community can be used in organizations: An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects. For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1MM in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.
How does Visual Studio Community 2013 compare to other Visual Studio editions?
  • Visual Studio Community 2013 includes all the great functionality of Visual Studio Professional 2013, designed and optimized for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.

Microsoft Open Sources .NET and Mono under MIT (tirania.org/blog/)

Today, Scott Guthrie announced that Microsoft is open sourcing .NET. This is a momentous occasion, and one that I have advocated for many years. .NET is being open sourced under the MIT license. Not only is the code being released under this very permissive license, but Microsoft is providing a patent promise to ensure that .NET will get the adoption it deserves. The code is being hosted at the .NET Foundation's github repository. This patent promise addresses the historical concerns that the open source, Unix and free software communities have raised over the years. Read more.