Visual Studio 2015 SKUs for Students & Labs launch day 20th July 2015

The following was originally posted by Lee Stott on the Microsoft UK Faculty Connection Blog.

Visual Studio 2015 is a rich, integrated development environment for creating stunning applications for Windows, iOS, and Android, as well as modern web applications and cloud services. To find out more information about the Visual Studio 2015, please visit Visual Studio site or watch Visual Studio videos on Channel 9.

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Tune in on July 20 at 3:30 pm GMT to watch the Visual Studio 2015 final release event online. Follow @visualstudio for updates.

We invite you to join us online to learn about the new features and technologies coming with this release. You will be able to engage in live, interactive Q&A sessions with the engineering team, before jumping into the technical details covered in over 60 on-demand sessions. You will also have the opportunity to see the Visual Studio developer team creating an end-to-end solution for an open-source project, leveraging the newest tools and technologies. See how they tackle the different problems along the way, and ask them questions directly.

Visual Studio 2015 launches on July 20th with several changes to the product line-up.

As always Visual Studio 2015 will be made available at and through DreamSpark Standard and Premium at launch.

DreamSpark will offer all three Visual Studio 2015 SKUs:

  1. Community
  2. Professional
  3. Enterprise

Visual Studio 2013 included Premium and Ultimate SKUs for DreamSpark Premium schools. Both of these have been replaced by the single Enterprise SKU for DreamSpark Premium. Please note that as usual, Visual Studio SKUs in DreamSpark do not include an MSDN subscription

Where can I download Visual Studio?

Only Visual Studio Community 2015 will be offered at Visual Studio Professional and Express are being removed.

Because Community and Professional are nearly identical, there should be no impact to student usage.

DreamSpark Standard

The DreamSpark Standard ELMS webstore will only offer Visual Studio Community 2015 for students.

The DreamSpark Standard MSDN Benefit Portal will offer product keys for Visual Studio Professional 2015. This is to support lab installations in campus facilities.

Visual Studio Community is not suitable for labs because each copy is activated by a single user’s Microsoft Account.

DreamSpark Premium

The DreamSpark Premium ELMS webstore will offer Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 for students.

The DreamSpark Premium MSDN Benefit Portal will offer product keys for Visual Studio Enterprise 2015 for lab installations

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So what is Visual Studio Community.

Visual Studio Community is identical to Visual Studio Professional except for three things:

1) The Community license does not support Enterprise customers.

2) Product activation of Community requires a Microsoft Account instead of a product key.

3) The CodeLens feature is not included.

In all other ways, Visual Studio Community is the same as Visual Studio Professional.

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