Microsoft Visual Studio Pricing, Features, Reviews & Comparison of Alternatives

Microsoft Visual Studio

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4.6/5 (1,909 reviews)

Microsoft Visual Studio overview

What is Microsoft Visual Studio?

Microsoft Visual Studio Online comes in three main packages (each customizable), as well as the freemium version:


BASIC $14.90

PROFESSIONAL $33.52

ADVANCED $44.69

Online support and guidance is provided in each paid plan as well as an online knowledgebase and video tutorials.
www.microsoft.com

Pricing

Starting from
$14.95/month
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Free trial
Open source
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Markets

United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Mexico

Supported languages

English, Chinese (Simplified), French, Hebrew, Italian and 4 other languages, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Ukrainian
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Microsoft Visual Studio user reviews

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Abdul Wahab Khan

The best Integrated Development Environment (IDE)

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-21
Review Source: Capterra

I enjoyed software development like a game throughout my experience of using Visual Studio for development of .Net applications for local and cloud environments.

Pros
It is the most featured Integrated Development Environment (IDE) with bulk of features. It is best choice for .Net developers for building powerful applications for local and cloud environments. Its functionality can also be further extended using plugins. It is also good for mobile application development. Its intellisense is the best among all.

Cons
It is heavy to operate. It occupies huge part of my disk space. It hangs sometime during operations. Lack of support to opensource languages.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Lenon Corrêa

Program practically alone!

Used daily for 1-2 years
Reviewed 2020-04-27
Review Source: Capterra

In our organization the use of VS Code is essential, we have developed several codes and scripts, it has countless plugins that enable incredible use and unusual use of the tool!

Pros
We program in different languages with the software, plugins facilitate this. It is light, simple, intuitive and for our use it is a hand on the wheel, because we adapt easily, it is incredible!

Cons
We found nothing wrong with the software, it was easily adapted to our routine, and it works above expectations!

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Anonymous

Powerful IDE but memory hungry

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-07
Review Source: Capterra

I love to write code using the Visual Studio Integrated development environment (IDE) software. Visual Studio (IDE) is powerful but with great power comes great responsibility. That is where the software lacks. Its memory hungry and slows down the system after long use. The latest release version of the software is 2019 which is what I have been using for now. However, the most stable version was in 2017. It hardly crashed on me or made my system go to its knees. There are few kinds of editions available for this software like Developer edition, Enterprise edition, etc. that one can subscribe to depending on the need. However, the subscription cost is more than average compared to other IDEs.

Pros
a) It's feature-rich and provides strong and seamless integrations with several other products from the Microsoft family. b) One can develop any kind of application written using any kind of technology through this IDE be it .Net, Java, JavaScript, etc. c) The software is easily extensible through extensions that help one integrate third-party components easily. d) It has an intelligent auto-complete sensor that provides accurate suggestions for the variable names you try to create, libraries you try to add into the current code class file, and even tells you all the dependencies of the class in a very easy to read format. e) There are individual wndows for each kind of tasks like examining the current project and solution, examining the tests written for the application, checking the variable watches, compiler output, errors, etc to name a few. f) The UI can be customized to one's heart's content. The windows can be arranged as per the needs, multiple windows can be grouped into tabs for easy navigation. g) It's even intelligent to suggest ways to improve the performance of the application that you are trying to create and how to make the project solution load faster.

Cons
a) The IDE takes a long time to load and once it's fully active with the project solution loaded, it really takes up a lot of RAM making even a good and powerful system slow down in the long run. b) The IDE crashes occasionally, especially when you do a lot of debugging using it. However, when the app restarts after the crash, it does give you the option to recover the last saved work. So that's handy. c) The menu is way too vast and it's easy to get lost in them trying to find out a certain option. Thankfully there is a global search box for the app to quickly type and find the option you are looking for. d) The updates are released quite frequently. Since each update is large (> 500MB), its takes a while to update the software thereby interrupting your work.

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Likelihood to recommend: 7/10

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Tuseef Ashraf

Visual Studio for Developers

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2021-01-26
Review Source: Capterra

For me using this daily its a perfect match for someone is a developer and trying to find a software which is easily compatible for any sort of developing environment.

Pros
The compatibility with all sort of extensions and programming languages is amazing .You could be a python developer or a javascript developer vistual studio is very much greate for you.

Cons
I don't think there is a reason for someone to not like this software if I could think of a reason then someone could say that this software is for developer who are somewhat experienced.

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Likelihood to recommend: 10/10

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Robert DeCrescentis

Visual Studio Great for All Developers

Used daily for 2+ years
Reviewed 2019-08-08
Review Source: Capterra

It allows me to fix errors and rebuild so that I can complete projects. It is easy to use so that I can focus purely on projects. I have experienced the following benefits: 1. Increased UI enhancement through Razor Pages, and Web Applications, 2. Comes standard with Bootstrap 3 and can be increased to 4. 3. Several languages and frameworks are added when updates occur. Note: user must download update via tools within visual studio.

Pros
Visual studio allows me to create dynamic web applications and websites for my clients and projects. It allows for database creation, code development and UI development. I would highly recommend it for anyone who wants to develop websites and web applications.

Cons
Slow Boot up time, slow build times, memory hog, increased CPU use. Recommended: Core i7 CPU processor or greater with at least 8GB RAM or higher.

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Likelihood to recommend: 9/10

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Microsoft Visual Studio pricing

Starting from
$14.95/month
Pricing options
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Free trial
Open source
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Free for the first 5 users
€14.90/month for additional users

Microsoft Visual Studio features

Projections

API (228 other apps)
Activity Dashboard (165 other apps)
Activity Tracking (144 other apps)
Automatic Notifications (143 other apps)
Collaboration Tools (197 other apps)
Drag & Drop Interface (143 other apps)
Gantt Charts (143 other apps)
Prioritizing (146 other apps)
Progress Tracking (153 other apps)
Project Management (208 other apps)
Project Planning (153 other apps)
Project Time Tracking (188 other apps)
Project Tracking (150 other apps)
Reporting & Statistics (145 other apps)
Task Management (186 other apps)
Task Planning (135 other apps)
Task Scheduling (130 other apps)
Task Tracking (172 other apps)
Third Party Integration (167 other apps)

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Additional information for Microsoft Visual Studio

Key features of Microsoft Visual Studio

  • Project collaboration
  • Task management
  • Create permissions
  • Manage users
  • Customize dashboard
  • Create reports
  • Export to Excel
  • Java, Rugy, Python etc
  • Obtain software insights
  • Identifies bugs
  • View backlogs
  • Eclipse plugin
  • Git client support
  • Scalable packages
  • Upgrade/downgrade pricing
  • Web-based
  • Hosting included
  • Freemium version
  • Online support
  • Video tutorials
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Benefits

Project collaboration and managing tasks - Microsoft Visual Studio Online allows you to create, build and manage numerous projects online with the ability to edit and view reports on the go. Microsoft Visual Studio Online lets you create task and user permissions and enables you to manage project and task success for individual employees and teams.

Customization, reports and Excel - With Microsoft Visual Studio Online you can develop a bespoke dashboard as well as custom reports, allowing you to view only the data that is of importance. The collaboration software lets you download results to Microsoft Excel for further analysis and view charts, diagrams and more.

Software insights, bug tracking and backlogs - Once you setup a software project, Microsoft Visual Studio Online allows you to track all development and code to give you an exact insight into progress. This lets you track bugs in software that may occur and create backlogs.

Programming languages - Microsoft Visual Studio Online supports Linux, .NET, Node.js, Java, iOS, Android, Windows, PHP, Python and Ruby.