Nov 172014
 

Microsoft has just announced Visual Studio Community 2013.  It’s pretty much a full copy of Visual Studio, which retails for well over £300, and you can use it to create applications for Windows, Android and iOS.

The deal is that it’s available for use by individuals, non-profit companies and teams of fewer than 5 developers, which covers an awful lot of amateur developers, clubs, schools, etc. Here’s the blurb from the page:

Q: Who can use Visual Studio Community?
A: Here’s how individual developers can use Visual Studio Community:
  • Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
Here’s how Visual Studio Community can be used in organizations:
  • An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.
  • For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1MM in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.

Visual Studio 2013 Community can be downloaded from http://www.visualstudio.com/en-gb/products/visual-studio-community-vs

Nov 132014
 

I’ve just noticed that the Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection app preview is now available for Windows Phone so, ignoring Linux and BlackBerry OS (Linux doesn’t need it and no-one cares about BlackBerry), here’s the list of download links for available client apps:

Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.rdc.android

iOS – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id714464092

Mac OS X – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/microsoft-remote-desktop/id715768417

Windows – http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-gb/app/remote-desktop/051f560e-5e9b-4dad-8b2e-fa5e0b05a480

Windows Phone – http://www.windowsphone.com/en-gb/store/app/microsoft-remote-desktop-preview/299b09ab-207e-441c-9e8e-c8d66c20b76b

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