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I like VS2015 Community Edition. It's a little slower than VS2012, but not to the extent that it bothers me, but I suppose the speed of your machine is important. It has some nice new features that I like. Projects created in 2015 can be opened unaltered in 2012 and vice versa. But I believe projects created in versions before 2012 will be permanently modified on loading.
Update 1 ruined VS2015 for me. Constant crashes, windows that wouldn't open, etc.
After uninstalling Update 1 everything was fine (again).
The only problem I have with VS2015 is that it is slooooooow.
Let me rephrase that: It's SLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!
In case you didn't get the message, it's really very very very very very very very very SLOW.
It does prefer to crash every once in a while. I just started it, messed around with a small C++ project and just left it sit for a couple of hours. Came back and unlocked the machine, tried to go back to the VS window and it crashed.
Little things like that on my home Win10 machine and at work on Win8.1. A day doesn't go by where VS2015 hasn't crashed on me at least once.
I have just set up a new, slightly more powerful home development machine. I installed Windows 7 on it and then went ahead and installed VS 2015 Community Edition with no apparent issues.
I am now debating whether that was a good idea and if I should have put VS 2013 on it, as I have on my old dev machine, since 2013 doesn't bug me about that darned cloud thingy all the time! ...and I had just got used the poor visual-quality of the UI only to have it get worse!
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
I'd love to give you some relevant information but my office machine (the first 64bit dev machine in the building) has so much crap on it I can't identify the source of the problems. I do have constant lock ups that last around 90 seconds and this weird cmd.exe window keeps appearing!
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
I have VS 2015 installed on my Win 10 home PC - 3 Ghz quad core Athlon with 12 Gb RAM and it runs fine. Can't recall ever having any crashes.
Also had it shoe-horned onto a low-end tablet (also Win 10 - 1Gb RAM and 16Gb storeage...) and, while slow(ish) I was somewhat surprised to find it was perfectly usable when partnered with a USB keyboard. I wouldn't voluntarily choose to go back to VS 2013.
But then, I'm just a hobbyist tinkerer..