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Yes, Community Edition are feature-rich compared to Express Edition. It's free (You just need to activate using your email.)with few terms: for example, free for individual developer, small organization (revenue less than 1 million USD) etc. Free Dev Tools - Visual Studio Community 2015[^]
I have been using VS2013 community edition and its good compared to previous express editions and working out great.
Yes. I have been using the 2015 Community Edition for a while now, and can recommend it. It is the full McCoy, not limited like the Express versions were. It takes longer to load a project than my 2012 Pro version, but not to the extent that it bothers me. My advice: Go for it, but as suggested above: Backup projects in case you want to go back to 2005.
I do not know why it's free, but I appreciate the fact that Microsoft is not charging for it.
The restrictions on who can use Community make that mostly a non-concern. Meanwhile it lets startups, indie developers, and those of us who want to fiddle with MS tools at home have access to most of their goodies even though VS remains prohibitively expensive (especially if you're just working on a codeplexgithub resume).
Now if someone could just convince Jetbrains to offer Re#er community edition. I never realized how much I used their refactoring options until I didn't have them.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
CE doesn't have all the features of the purchased versions, but more than Express used to have. Most notably, it supports plugins! Somewhere on the MS site there's a full feature comparison list showing the extras that the purchased versions offer, but at least the Pro version isn't so much different, really.
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