From time-limited trials to online hosted experiences Visual Studio 2005 offers many ways to discover the new features included in this release. From a comprehensive tools platform to reduced development complexity and improved team communication, Visual Studio 2005 continues to lead innovation in developer productivity. Many trials are fully functional, giving you the opportunity to evaluate the product to see how it can work for you and your organization.
Industry adoption of the .NET Framework and Visual Studio .NET 2002 in the four years since its introduction has exceeded all expectations. Customers and partners alike see the benefit of a connected, dependable, and productive platform for modern application development. Consider the following:
Over 120 million copies of the .NET Framework have been distributed
Over 2.5 million copies of Visual Studio .NET are in use
Over 75% of the Fortune 500 have bet on the .NET Framework
Over 225 Visual Studio Industry Partners with over 450 products are in the marketplace
Over 5 million developers per month use a CodeWise Community Web site
Over 500 user groups meet to discuss Visual Studio with over 175,000 members
With Visual Studio 2005, Microsoft's goal is to continue its market leading innovation in developer productivity by delivering a productive, integrated, and extensible application platform and tools. In addition, Microsoft intends to expand its tools offering to support the needs of hobbyists, enthusiasts, and students learning to program for the first time. At the same time, Microsoft will expand its tools offering even further to meet the growing demands of development organizations and teams.