You can research the options and prices on https: The price for a retail subscription is higher. What additional benefits am I receiving? When it is time to renew, you only pay the software assurance price, which is significantly less. For existing annual cloud subscribers Q: How will this change impact me? This change will not impact existing subscribers. Do I need to do anything as a result of these changes?
Your subscriptions will remain in place and you will be able to manage them as you do today. What if I want to increase the number of subscriptions for my customers? Annual subscriptions that are purchased during a given month are charged immediately for a full year and are valid for a full year.
For that reason, you can modify the number of licenses only in the current month of purchase they will be valid for one year and charged for one year. Outside of the month of purchase, it is no longer possible to increase the number of subscriptions. What if I want to decrease the number of subscriptions for my customers? Your administrator can still decrease the number of subscriptions by visiting https: The system will not generate a pro-rated credit. For a refund you will need to contact the Azure billing team.
If I cancel my subscription, will I be able to buy another Annual Cloud subscription later? Although you will not be able to buy another Cloud Annual subscription, there are many options to purchase Visual Studio Subscriptions. Learn more at https: How will this change impact my customers? Your customers will not be able to purchase new Visual Studio Cloud Annual subscriptions.
Do my customers need to do anything because of these changes? Existing customers will not be impacted. New customers will need to decide whether they want to purchase Visual Studio Monthly subscriptions or go to another channel such as volume licensing to purchase Visual Studio Subscriptions.
Annual subscriptions purchased during a given month are charged immediately for a full year and are valid for a full year. For that reason, your administrator can only modify the number of licenses in the current month of purchase they will be valid for 1 year and charged for 1 year. Outside of the month of purchase it is no longer possible to increase the number of subscriptions. It can also generate class diagrams from hand-written classes.
Data designer The data designer can be used to graphically edit database schemas , including typed tables, primary and foreign keys and constraints.
It can also be used to design queries from the graphical view. NET Entity Framework , replaces and improves the old technology. Other tools[ edit ] Open Tabs Browser The open tabs browser is used to list all open tabs and to switch between them. It lists all available properties both read-only and those which can be set for all objects including classes , forms, web pages and other items.
It can be used to browse the namespaces which are arranged hierarchically in managed assemblies. The hierarchy may or may not reflect the organization in the file system. Solution Explorer In Visual Studio parlance, a solution is a set of code files and other resources that are used to build an application. The files in a solution are arranged hierarchically, which might or might not reflect the organization in the file system. The Solution Explorer is used to manage and browse the files in a solution.
In addition to version control integration it provides the ability to view and manage individual work items including user stories, bugs, tasks and other documents.
It is included as part of a Visual Studio installation and is also available as a standalone download. It allows creation and alteration of database tables either by issuing T-SQL commands or by using the Data designer.
Debugging and IntelliSense support is available as well. Server Explorer The Server Explorer tool is used to manage database connections on an accessible computer.
It is also used to browse running Windows Services , performance counters, Windows Event Log and message queues and use them as a datasource. Dotfuscator works with all flavors of. NET websites. Previously for Visual Studio. A separate runtime is required when deploying VSTO solutions.
See also: These extensions "plug into" Visual Studio and extend its functionality. Extensions come in the form of macros, add-ins , and packages. Macros represent repeatable tasks and actions that developers can record programmatically for saving, replaying, and distributing.
Macros, however, cannot implement new commands or create tool windows. They are written using Visual Basic and are not compiled. Add-Ins can be used to implement new functionality and can add new tool windows.
They can create designers and other tools, as well as integrate other programming languages. However, the managed API isn't as comprehensive as the unmanaged one. Express Editions do not support hosting extensions. On top of that, other packages can be added to customize the installation.
The Isolated mode of the shell creates a new AppId where the packages are installed. These are to be started with a different executable. It is aimed for development of custom development environments, either for a specific language or a specific scenario. It serves as the central location for posting information about extensions to Visual Studio. Community developers as well as commercial developers can upload information about their extensions to Visual Studio.
NET through Visual Studio Users of the site can rate and review the extensions to help assess the quality of extensions being posted.
An extension is stored in a VSIX file. One of the main advantages of these extensions is that they do not require Administrator rights to be installed. RSS feeds to notify users on updates to the site and tagging features are also planned. It also supports the use of intrinsic functions,  which are functions recognized by the compiler itself and not implemented as a library.
While the language services are a part of Visual Studio, the compiler is available separately as a part of the. NET Framework. The Visual C , and compilers support versions 3. NET language and associated tools and language services. It was introduced with Visual Studio. NET Like C , the VB. NET compiler is also available as a part of. NET projects be developed with Visual Studio, are available as a part of the latter. Either C or VB. NET languages can be used.
Azure DevOps Azure DevOps is intended for collaborative software development projects and provides version control , work planning and tracking, data collection, and reporting. It also includes the Team Explorer which is integrated inside Visual Studio. Visual FoxPro is tightly integrated with its own relational database engine, which extends FoxPro's xBase capabilities to support SQL queries and data manipulation.
Architecture[ edit ] Visual Studio does not support any programming language, solution or tool intrinsically; instead, it allows the plugging of functionality coded as a VSPackage. When installed, the functionality is available as a Service. The IDE provides three services: In addition, the IDE is also responsible for coordinating and enabling communication between services. A language service defines various interfaces which the VSPackage implementation can implement to add support for various functionalities.