Review: Visual Studio 2013 reaches beyond the IDE
Microsoft delivers editing, debugging, deployment, project architecture, and ALM improvements stretching from Windows to Web development, from mobile devices to clouds
I'll give you the short pricing summary. If you buy from the Microsoft Store you'll see prices ranging from $299 for an upgrade to Visual Studio 2013 Professional to $13,299 for a new full copy of Visual Studio Ultimate 2013 with MSDN, the product I reviewed here.
Professional is for independent developers. Premium is for developers and architects in teams. Test Professional is for testers in teams. Ultimate is the kitchen sink. If you want one of the high-end SKUs with MSDN, see the comparison on the MSDN site. Visual Studio Professional is the only Visual Studio product available without an MSDN subscription.
In summary, Visual Studio 2013 improves a developer's productivity in many ways, as compared to its predecessor: in the editors, in the debuggers, in the frameworks, in the wizards, and in the performance and diagnostics tools. Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate goes beyond development to unit testing, smoke testing, load testing, and all the way to continuous builds and release management.
Visual Studio 2013 installs side by side with Visual Studio 2012, and the projects and solutions are largely interchangeable. Upgrading from Visual Studio 2012 Professional to Visual Studio 2013 Professional costs a mere $99 until the end of January, and upgrading any other edition is just a matter of renewing your MSDN subscription. I'd suggest that, unless you discover incompatibilities between compiler versions that affect your code, upgrading is a no-brainer.
|Cost||Same pricing as Visual Studio 2012. Ranges from free for Visual Studio 2013 Express SKUs to $13,299 ($4,249 annual renewal) for Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate with MSDN. Upgrade from Visual Studio 2012 Professional retail to Visual Studio 2013 Professional costs $99 through January 2014.|
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