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Visual Studio 2015 released, watch Microsoft's launch event right here

As promised a few weeks ago, Microsoft has launched the final RTM version of its Visual Studio 2015 software creation tools to developers. The company will celebrate the release with an online launch event that starts at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time (8:30 a.m. Pacific time).

The release of these tools also means that developers can now finish up their Windows 10 apps so they can be uploaded and published into the store before Microsoft officially rolls out the OS starting on July 20.

The 2.5 hour online launch event will feature a number of online demos showing how developers can use Visual Studio 2015 to create applications for a number of different platforms. It will also feature Q&As with members of the Visual Studio team. The launch comes nine days before Microsoft begins the official rollout of Windows 10 to the general public on July 29.

Microsoft is offering three versions of Visual Studio 2015; the free Visual Studio Community SKU, the $1,199 Visual Studio Professional 2015 with MSDN, and the $5,999 Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 with MSDN.

Source: Visual Studio blog (opens in new tab), Microsoft (opens in new tab)

85 Comments
  • What's that "amp; " showing about 15 times in a 15 lines like a paragraph Windows Cental app for Windowsphone
  • Exactly
  • The online event
  • Most likely has something to with what they embedded in this article. I wonder if this has official tooling for VisualStateTriggers and the new AppBar's
  • & = ampersand = &, it is uncompiled HTML code.
  • Its html-code for "&". Which basically means that they aren't converting the text to HTML properly
  • Windows central app is getting super charged
  • I can't wait until 29th of july! Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • I can't either.... Especially to release my applications
  • Me too. How many apps have you got for us coming?
  • I have 1 finished, im working on one rewrite and a new one as well.
  • Me too. But I have to finish skyrim before. I don't want to reinstall all the mods xD
  • What Windows 10 apps will we see on launch? Will the famous apps currently on Windows 8/8.1 be updated?"Will developers port their existing iOS/Android app? I'm anxious.
  • Depends on if the developer chose to
  • &amp
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  • nbsp;
  • &amp
  • No more excuses for developers not to export apps to all 3 platforms!
  • Sure? I will not port one of my apps as Windows 10 does not support lock screen background pictures. And i see a lot of users using it in my app. Until they add this to the Windows 10 APIs i will not port them.
  • What is your app?  I have noticed apps asking if they can run in the background and show info on the lock screen.  However, I haven't looked for an app to constintly update my locks creen image.  Looking at my Surface 3's locks creen settings, I'm able to select images stored on my device, from Dropbox, and a couple other sources.  It looks like The Chameleon app automatically updates the lock screen and background image on a defined schedule.  Maybe what they're doing could work for you. Sory but I'm not very familiar with writing apps.  They've made a lot more APIs available with 10 than they did in 8.1, so maybe something like this is on its way.
  • &amp?
  • Like I said before: "& = ampersand = &, it is uncompiled HTML code."
  • &amp
  • I want to create an app for windows store. Can anyone help me in doing so?? I don't have technical knowledge :/
  • Use app studio beta
  • There is a nice course on Microsoft Virtual Academy to get you started on Windows 10 App Development. I highly recommend to start there. There are videos for absolute beginners too on MVA.
  • Well you can use App Studio to create very basic apps. But they have quite some limitations. If you really want to get your hands dirty, learn C#. That can help you to code for WP. Microsoft's channel 9 has videos for both learning C# and Windows Phone App. ;)
  • You could learn some HTML, CSS and JavaScript. These languages are easy, fun and pretty powerfull for web development and Microsoft made it easy to use those for simple apps. If you want to learn those languages, just look up some tutorials online, you'll find thousends of them. Once you mastered them a little bit, you can follow this tutorial to start making simple apps. For real powerfull apps I recommend you learn a language like C#, but it's a bit more difficult and if you don't want to code, App Studio is the way to go.
  • Is it just me that is annoyed by windows central using the image with the android project and emulator all the time :<
  • Yea it's just you
  • Not "all the time", only to focus that vs2015 compiles native (Xamarin) android apps too,:)
  • What is that line of "amp"???
  • &amp is html for the ampersand symbol
  • YASSSSSSSS!
  • Did they get rid of express and toll that into community?
  • Yup! There's only community, pro and enterprise, along with vs code being the WYSIWYG editor.
  • Aw damn. Any difference between Express and Community ? Or community is just express rebranded ?
  • Community is basically premium from the old 2013 skus minus the msdn subscription.
  • Aw nice ! Might give it a go when it releases. I mean, since its 2013s Premium. Currently using Express and Ultimate 2013 !
  • That's what I'm hoping
  • Yea, community is a bit more robust. It's pretty much just missing extensive testing and tfs tools.
  • I've been using the RC and already downloaded the official. I'm excited!
  • Are you sure, if I downloaded VS2015 today, Will it work in Windows 10.. Or Do i have to wait till the official launch of Windows 10
  • This means the WP Windows Central app dev can finish and publish the new WC app :D yay
  • Waiting for this.....
  • Should be one of the firsts!!
  • We've been waiting for a WinRT WC app for over 1 year now.
  • There already is a WC app in the windows store, I've got it installed in my win10 build.
  • Lets hope they announce a few apps too
  • What's with the "amp" bomb?
  • ,
  • What are the difference between Community, Pro and Enterprise versions of VS 2015? Is there a feature comparasion chart for all 3 versions?
  • You should've typed exactly that in Bing, and it literally is the first link: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/compare-visual-studio-2015-p...
  • Thanks for the link.
  • Woah! It's live!
  • No you can't still submit Windows 10 app because Windows 10 SDK won't be available until July 29.
  • amp -> Electricity -> Voltage -> Voltage has 7 letters -> Pyramid also has 7 letters -> Pyramid = Triangle -> Windows central = Illuminati confirmed!!!
  • Windows central has 2 times 7 letters ... O.o
  • I'll reply just for the brain effort you put on this...
  • amp has 3 letters -> amps are a measure of electricity -> our brain has electrical pulses -> brains are most often part of life -> life has a half-way point = HALF LIFE 3 CONFIRMED
  • Does this also include the iOS and Android porting tools?
  • Those were under very limited testing the last I checked, so I doubt it. Might be ready for W10M release though.
  • Actually yes. Xamarin and Cordova tools have been updated.
  • Those have nothing to do with the iOs and droid bridges in question. So, the answer is a big fat NO, and someone has to wonder when that will change.
  • Is the professional version free through dreamspark like 2013??
  • That's my question too. I hoping.
  • Professional is Community now... same features. So you don't even need DreamSpark for this!
  • Thanks. I occasionally code using C++, can you tell me which version should I install? I don't need a very heavy, full featured version, just basic C++ programming. Is Community the best one for me?
  • yes
  • Yes, Community. It is free.
  • Yes! And it comes with a lot of &amp too! Amazing!
  • Project Astoria and islandwood?
  • "Soon"
  • amp??
  • DreamSpark users can download it for free?
  • Community = Professional
  • Really nice, you can develop Android app in Visual Studio 2015, it will only cost you an extra VS studio license per year. Xamarin is aiming to make more money than Microsoft
  • Getting back into development and decided to download Xcode and buy a couple of Swift books instead. Visual studio is decent for mobile development, but Microsoft has been a trainwreck as far as client side Windows development is concerned. Constantly changing and badly supported UI libraries, etc. Apple is more stable. dont want to spend $200 on books and 200 hours of my time learning some deprecated technologies that have issues that likely to never be resolved, and WinRT is not capable or even performant enough for what i need to build.   So I'll dip into OS X development instead.
  • E di wow!
  • &amp;amp;amp;amputa;nbsp;
  • Downloaded/installed the Community edition last night. Took just as long to remove 2013 as it did to download and install 25Gb of the 2015 version.
  • I currently have VS 2013 Ultimate available at Dreamspark Premium. Will VS2015 Enterprise become available at Dreamspark?
  • Yes.
  • Yeap it just appeared in the downloads section, thanks!