Microsoft launched Visual Studio 2013 to the general public in mid-October but decided to keep the software development tools away from its student oriented DreamSpark subscription service. Friday, that changed as Microsoft is now offering the Visual Studio 2013 Professional SDK on DreamSpark.
The release means that the students who have signed up to use the service can download the full version of Visual Studio 2013 for free. In addition, DreamSpark users can download the version of Visual Studio Express 2013 made for Windows along with the web-based port. This follows the release of Windows 8.1 Pro which was offered via DreamSpark in September.
In addition to its arrival on Dreamspark, Visual Studio 2013 is also supposed to be available for volume licensing customers starting today. Retailer resellers should also be able to sell the tools in the near future, but no specific date was announced. While Visual Studio 2013 is now released to the public, Microsoft still plans to have an online launch event for their software tools on November 13th to help promote the new version as well as to give software developers more information on the changes and new additions to the tools.
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