|Microsoft Visual Studio Dev Essentials|
|Written by Mike James|
|Thursday, 19 November 2015|
Microsoft has just announced a free "program". Visual Studio Dev Essentials is a grab bag of tools and services that promises everything you need to create applications on any device, operating system or technology. The advice about taking candy from strangers comes to mind.
The announcement of its availability came today during Microsoft's Connect();//2015 developer event.
Visual Studio Dev Essentials is free and it gives you quite a few things that are already available as free downloads, but augmented by a lot of new things.
To sign up to VS Dev Essentials all you need is a Microsoft account. So from this point of view you can see VS Dev Essentials as way for Microsoft to get you to sign up to Azure and its other cloud services - and it is. Part of the deal is a $25 per month Azure credit but you only get it for 12 months - after that I guess they hope they have you hooked.
The code side of the package is:
Nothing really surprising in this list, but Visual Studio Code has now been open sourced. A small footnote reveals that you now have to have a Microsoft account to make use of Visual Studio Community edition after 30 days.
Once you move beyond the code offerings it gets increasingly difficult to work out how attractive they are. The "exclusive" components, i.e. only available if you have a Microsoft account, are:
This is a clever piece of marketing. Put all the free stuff we have together, get some third party freebies and the only thing you have to do is sign up to a Microsoft Account. The most attractive part of the offer is $25 per month for 12 months to use Azure.There is already a 1-month free trial with $200 to spend which isn't as flexible.
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