Visual Studio and .NET Is Now For Every Developer and Any Application

Microsoft has made some very significant announcements; the following are the highlights of the most significant:

  • Server-side .NET is becoming open-source, from ASP.NET 5 down to the Core Runtime and Framework
  • Open-source .Net will be available for Linux and Mac OS X
  • A new free and fully-featured edition of Visual Studio, Visual Studio Community 2013
  • Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 2015 Preview are now available

For in-depth coverage of these announcements and more, tune in to the Connect(); event coverage on Channel 9 either live or on-demand.

Visual Studio Community 2013 is now available for free for every developer and small business (non-enterprise application development) (see Visual Studio Downloads).

One of many features in this announcement includes new features for C++ to be available in that make it "a complete tool chain for cross-platform mobile development" that allows "targeting Android now and iOS soon". That means you can create a single set of C++ source code for iOS, Android and Windows.