Visual Studio has been at the heart of Microsoft’s developer platform for more than 20 years. Initially only a software bundle with a common look and feel, it’s evolved over the years into a single development environment that supports most development tasks. The next version, Visual Studio 2022, is possibly the biggest release for some time, with a public preview now available.
There are three versions of Visual Studio: a free community edition for personal, educational, and open-source projects; a professional edition for small teams; and an enterprise edition for large development teams and large projects, with cross-platform support. The two higher editions are available as subscriptions, with professional pricing at $45 per user per month and enterprise at $250 per user per month.