Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Jun 2013 14:37 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "BlackBerry offered few signs of a long-promised turnaround on Friday, with an unexpected quarterly operating loss, a dearth of details on sales of its make-or-break new line of devices and no return to profit expected in the current quarter. BlackBerry shares tumbled about 28 percent in both U.S. and Toronto trading." 'Unexpected'? Really?
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Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

I agree as a whole for Visual Studio. The downside of these fast paced yearly updates is just how much Visual Studio costs, and the startling realization that VS doesn't offer upgrade pricing.

I think the solution to this is simple and I'm surprised there's not much movement in this area: We need Visual Studio 365.

Give me a subscription based (and cloud enabled) Visual Studio IDE. That way I can keep up with the fast pace of innovation in a financially sensible manner, Microsoft gets recurring income, and it moves them closer to their Device&Services goal.

I did think the VS2013 stuff was mindblowing though, specifically for XAML devs.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

I want my developer tools on my desktop, I will never buy into SaaS tooling.

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Well, it depends how the service would work. If they structure it like a cheaper alternative to an MSDN subscription, then it is still is a subscription based service with actual ownership.

There needs to be a solution given the rapid release cycle they've shifted into or people will be paying through the nose for Visual Studio.

I'm personally not opposed to paying a yearly fee to ensure I don't have to drop hundreds of dollars a year.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

I'll never trust a developer moaning about the cost of an IDE. If you aren't capable enough as a developer and as a business person to be able to afford relatively cheap software (even if it is on an annual basis), I have no reason to believe you are capable of producing quality software.

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moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Given that Visual Studio licenses cost between $700 and $12 000, unless you are a Microsoft partner, then I think it is only fair for developers to complain if they are now expected to buy a new version per year.

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