Microsoft to offer just three versions of its Visual Studio 2015 tools

Microsoft is planning to offer software developers just three versions of its upcoming Visual Studio 2015 tools, versus four versions for the current 2013 edition.

While the free Visual Studio Community version will be available in the 2015 edition, along with the $1,199 Visual Studio Professional 2015 with MSDN. Microsoft is combining the Visual Studio Premium and Visual Studio Ultimate SDKs into the new Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN for the 2015 launch. Microsoft says "It includes all the high value features you're already familiar with in Visual Studio Ultimate, along with new innovation that's coming with the 2015 release."

Microsoft will price the new Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 with MSDN, which is offered to large development teams, for $5,999. Microsoft says:

"Customers who have an active subscription for Visual Studio Premium with MSDN or Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN will automatically get upgraded to Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN. And the pricing of Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN will be significantly less than the current price of Visual Studio Ultimate with MSDN."

Developers can currently download a preview version of Visual Studio 2015 to test out before the final version is released later this year.

Source: Microsoft

John Callaham