Microsoft: 5.5 million downloads of Visual Studio 2012 since launch

Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2012 for MSDN and TechNet subscribers in August 2012 and for everyone else a month later. As we await the official launch of the next version, Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft has revealed some rather impressive download numbers for the current version.

In a post on his Microsoft blog, S. Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft, stated, "Visual Studio 2012 continues to be the most downloaded release of Visual Studio with over 5.5M downloads to date." Since it launched, Microsoft released three major updates to the software and the company plans to release a fourth and final Visual Studio 2012 update sometime before the end of the year.

Of course, Microsoft is close to launching the next version, Visual Studio 2013, and MSDN and TechNet users can download the RTM build on October 18th. However, the official launch will happen a few weeks later on November 13th. Prices for the various SKUs will remain the same as those for Visual Studio 2012. Developers who currently own Visual Studio 2012 Professional will be able to purchase a Visual Studio Professional 2013 Upgrade for $99 from November 1st to January 31st, 2014 and for $299 afterwards.

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Visual Studio is my favorite IDE. I wish it had native support for Java so I could use that when I have to program in Java as well. Alas I do not foresee them ever adding that kind of support heh.

Grinch said,
Visual Studio is my favorite IDE. I wish it had native support for Java so I could use that when I have to program in Java as well. Alas I do not foresee them ever adding that kind of support heh.

Surprised no one made a language add-on for it... VS is extremely extensible language and template wise

I've seen that before, it is important to note this line: "This extension is not meant to replace a full IDE, but has certainly helped when I wanted to quickly reference a Java source file while working within Visual Studio 2010.". I would use Visual Studio in a heartbeat for Java development if it had native support for code completion, syntax highlighting and potentially GUI creator. Maybe one day.

VS 2012 works awesome, I barely have it crash anymore... VS2005 was probably one of the most annoying ones...

Well, I found 2010, although functionality wise was a big step up from previous iterations, but because it was the first WPF based IDE it was very prone to bugs, particularly with performance. And on top of that, when using 3rd party extensions, like Resharper with the Razor parser caused particularly bad IDE lag. Thankfully, VS2012 was a massive improvement, and what I've been playing with in VS2013 makes it even better! :-)

an amazing IDE. Looking forward for more. 5.5 million potential Windows 8 programmers if they get the API right.

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