Community Edition

The new Visual Studio Community 2015 edition is a full-featured IDE similar to Professional but targeted toward students, small groups of developers, and open source contributors (and not enterprise teams). This version is free and available for immediate download. Note that Microsoft has also release a Visual Studio Community 2013 edition.

The former Express editions have been retired. These editions were also free, but they were feature limited. Community, student, and entrepreneurial developers should be pleased to know this new edition is nearly the same as Professional but just has licensing restrictions.

Being based on Professional opens community developers to all types of applications using the great productivity tools ...

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