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I need to know ,Why need to update visual studio 2012 to 2015
Any good reason is much appriciated
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net Consultant
Top Expert 2016
Commented:
It depends on the type of application you are building.

If you are doing Web apps, you will get many new features (latest versions of MVC, ASP.Net Core, ...).

If you build WinForms, you won't get much new features (WinForms being mature).

In all cases, tools like the debugger are getting always a bit better!

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if I buy 2015 still I have to pay for Xamarin?
VS 2015 has several advantages. Some of them are:
- the community edition is free
- easy extendability
- new programming languages extensions
- fully capable for sole developer (just some team and test functions are missing)

Xamarin community edition is also free.

So for me is VS 2015 much better than VS 2012. More info: https://store.xamarin.com/

BTW, do you know MSDN Bizspark edition? Full flavored and free for startups.
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net Consultant
Top Expert 2016
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Microsoft just completed the acquisition of Xamarin. It will now be fully packaged with VS. If you are buying VS (or use the free Community Edition if your situation allows it), you will also get Xamarin.

http://www.crossmap.com/news/mobile-app-developer-tool-xamarin-now-comes-with-microsoft-visual-studio-for-free-26742
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if I buy 2015 still I have to pay for Xamarin?
No:  https://blog.xamarin.com/xamarin-for-all/
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Newer versions might improve performance and correct bugs... but they also sometimes do the reverse.

I always tell my students not to skip a version of Visual Studio, or at least, to run their projects from time to time in the free edition (Express or Community) of the latest version of Visual Studio and the framework.

The main reason for that is that loading your projects into newer versions enables you to detect breaking changes in either Visual Studio or the framework before it is too late.

Take for instance programmers who are still working in Visual Studio 2008. They do not get the warning that has been appearing since 2010 telling them that the System.Data.OracleClient is deprecated.

On Microsoft side, this means that eventually, they will no longer support that namespace. They took their time with that specific namespace because it is widely used. But I have seen situations where the warning about the obsolescence of a class or method stays as a warning for only one version. 2 year later it shows as an error instead of a warning.

On your side, this gives you plenty of time to stop working with the deprecated item and start using what is replacing it... if you got the warning, that is if you migrated or at least try running your code in a newer version of VS and the framework.

Those who are still on VS2008 are typing away hundreds of lines of code, and one day, when they will switch to a newer version of VS because they cannot do otherwise, all this work will bomb in their face. Programmers who have upgraded or at least loaded their code regularly in newer versions know about that, they have adjusted. Everything they have typed in the last 8 years still works today.

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How much is for Xamarin Visual studio Professional version?
There is no extra cost for Xamarin because it is included in VS 2015.

The question is what happens to former Xamarin editions which start at $25/month.
Éric MoreauSenior .Net Consultant
Top Expert 2016

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As I said, Microsoft just completed the acquisition of Xamarin. It is now fully bundled with VS and there is no additional cost.
The question is still not closed so here is some additional info:

1. Xamarin SDK libraries and Xamarin Runtime will become Open Source
2. All Community editions of Xamarin Studio are free. (Restricted to small teams etc.)
3. Xamarin Starter (a part of Visual Studio) is no longer available.
4. Visual Studio Professional with MSDN contains full Xamarin version and users can download Xamarin Studio for OSX.
5. Xamarin Enterprise is a part of Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN.
6. Users of Visual Studio Enterprise with MSDN are eligible for 25 % discount on Xamarin Test Cloud.
7. Basic parts of the Xamarin University are free, advanced parts are included in MSDN subscription.
8. Xamarin Insights will be integrated to Microsoft HockeyApp.

More info:
https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/features/xamarin-vs.aspx
https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2016/03/31/mobile-app-development-made-easy-with-visual-studio-and-xamarin/
https://blog.xamarin.com/xamarin-for-all/

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Thankjs

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