Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 available

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Effective April 1st, 2019 Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019. With Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 you can improve existing projects and build the next generation of cloud-native solutions. This latest version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 Integrated Development Environment (IDE) empowers individual developers and teams to turn ideas into exceptional applications.

For further information and a preview of Microsoft Visual Studio 2019, please visit: https://visualstudio.microsoft.com/vs/preview/.

Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services becomes Microsoft Azure DevOps

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Microsoft announced that Microsoft Visual Studio Team Services becomes Microsoft Azure DevOps. To read the full announcement, please visit the site: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/release-notes/2018/sep-10-azure-devops-launch. In this context you might also be interested in the Azure DevOps billing FAQ: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/devops/organizations/billing/billing-faq?view=vsts&tabs=new-nav.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 support ends 2017

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The extended support for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 ends October 10th, 2017. This includes the following Microsoft Visual Studio products:

  • Microsoft Visual Studio Enterprise 2015
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2015
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Test Professional 2015
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Community 2015
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2015 for Desktop
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2015 for Web
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2015 for Windows 10
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2015 Express
  • Release Management for Microsoft Visual Studio 2015

It is highly recommended to update affected systems before those dates.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 Subscription available

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Microsoft has launched Visual Studio 2017 Subscription, which replaces Visual Studio with MSDN. The most important change is the fact that the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) moniker has been deemphasized: what used to be called “Visual Studio with MSDN” is now called “a Visual Studio Subscription”. This subscription label may cause confusion because it suggests a lack of perpetual use rights. Fortunately, though, this new offer continues to offer the same perpetual use rights as before. A comparison of the Visual Studio 2015 with MSDN and Visual Studio 2017 Subscription use rights reveals no changes worth mentioning, and pricing has not changed either.

Visit https://www.visualstudio.com/vs/pricing/ for a detailed overview of the Visual Studio Subscriptions.

Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition

On March 31, 2016, the SQL Server 2014 Developer Edition is being discontinued as a paid Volume Licensing program offering and instead, will be made available as part of the free Visual Studio Dev Essentials program.

SQL Server Developer Edition license offerings will no longer be sold in Volume Licensing and starting April 1, 2016, the software can be downloaded at the Microsoft website.

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2015 Price Increase in Service Provider Licensing Agreement

Microsoft will increase Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription prices to properly establish Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA) prices relative to Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription prices in other Volume Licensing programs.  Beginning January 1, 2016 there will be a 68% price increase for Visual Studio Professional monthly subscription prices in Service Provider Licensing Agreement (SPLA).