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I'm kind of a MS fanboy, but please don't believe their lies: - VS is still not free; the community edition can only be legally used by very small companies with slim revenue - the Xamarin acquisition will turn out to be a slap in the face of developers who want to cross target Android and WP - the desaster of the Metro App API that has been replaced by UWP after being hailed as the future of application development for Windows (for a time, you could develop Windows 8.1 Metro Apps only on Windows 8.1 machine, not a Windows 8 machine)

Anybody doing any non-desktop application development on Windows is shouldering the full risk of obsolescence within 2 year.

I would really, really like a cooperation between Google and Microsoft in the area of the utterly braindead 90ies API of Android development by switching to XAML + C# ... ah, a man can dream!




> but please don't believe their lies

That's a somewhat harsh accusation, where are they lying? Their web page clearly explains the usage scenarios and who can use it for "free" [0] (scroll down to "Usage").

[0]: https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-co...


The plugin in question works with visual studio code though, not visual studio community edition. VS Code is free and open source.


"desaster of the Metro App API that has been replaced by UWP after being hailed as the future of application development for Windows "

huh? They're the same thing. UWP is just a new name for the expanded WinRT (Metro) APIs.


> VS is still not free; the community edition can only be legally used by very small companies with slim revenue

The licensing ambiguity of the VS Express Editions that came before was a lot worse. At least us solo devs have a legitimate path to VS now.


> XAML + C#

Xamarin enables that.




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