Microsoft launches new version of Visual Studio

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Microsoft has released a new, fully featured and free version of its Visual Studio program, opening up its set of tools for all developers. The key highlights of the announcement include open sourcing the full server-side .NET core stack, releasing the fully featured Visual Studio Community 2013 for free, launching the Visual Studio 2015 Preview and updating Visual Studio 2013.

There are some caveats to using Visual Studio Community 2013 though, while “any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps”, studios made up of more than five people or are alternatively making more than $1,000,000 in annual revenue, are not permitted to use the tools- although specific exceptions may be made in some situations.

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