Visual Studio Team Announces Roadmap of Products, Pricing, Features

Visual StudioThe final product lineup and specifications for the next release of Visual Studio has been announced on the Visual Studio blog. The announcement was made in the posting A look ahead at the Visual Studio 11 product lineup and platform support.

The tooling offered in Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows Phone is being added to Visual Studio.

Get insight on recent and future pricing and licensing changes.

The Visual Studio 11 default target for managed applications for Windows Vista or higher, is .NET Framework 4.5 or the VC11 tooling for native apps. Developers can use the IDE's multi-targeting support to run managed applications on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 with .NET 4 and earlier versions of the framework.

Visual Studio Express

The Visual Studio 11 Express products make it easier than ever for developers to take advantage of the app development opportunities more quickly than ever before. Whether you are developing for Windows 8 or the web, Visual Studio 11 Express has the tools you need to turn your dreams into reality.

  • Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8
  • Visual Studio 11 Express for Web
  • Visual Studio 11 Team Foundation Server Express

Visual Studio Products

Visual Studio editions will be similar to the current line up.

No matter the size of your team, or the complexity of your project, Visual Studio 11—supported by Team Foundation Server—can help turn your ideas into software.

  • Visual Studio 11 Ultimate
  • Visual Studio 11 Premium
  • Visual Studio 11 Professional
  • Visual Studio 11 Test Professional
  • Visual Studio 11 Team Foundation Server

Compare features in Visual Studio 11 products


Visual Studio 11's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) capabilities enable this diverse value chain to integrate and operate as a unit. Teams are provided with best-in-class tools to maximize productivity by eliminating waste through reduced cycle times supported by comprehensive reporting and analytics capabilities.

Dive deeper into Visual Studio 11’s robust ALM solutions


LightSwitch, which launched last year as an out-of-band release, is now officially part of the Visual Studio 11 core product family. See What’s New with LightSwitch in Visual Studio 11? (Beth Massi).

Special Offers

See There’s no better time to seize the future for special offers. If you already have Visual Studio, you can save up to 35%. Also 20% savings on Visual Studio Test Professional.

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Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Developer Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation


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