Visual Studio Frequently Asked Questions
Visual Studio 2015
Install and setup
Yes. Visual Studio 2015 RTM installs right on top of VS 2015 RC or any other previous CTP for VS 2015. Go to the downloads page on visualstudio.com to start the VS 2015 RTM download.
The upgrade however works only when upgrading at the same SKU level e.g. upgrading from VS 2015 RC Professional to VS 2015 RTM Professional. The upgrade from RC to RTM won’t work if the SKU level is different, e.g. when upgrading from Community to Professional, Professional to Enterprise, or downgrading from Enterprise to Professional, or Professional to Community. In this case you will need to uninstall the existing version of VS 2015 before installing VS 2015 RTM . Check out this MSDN library on Installing Visual Studio for more info on troubleshooting and repairing your installation.
Licensing and purchase
Yes, you can just buy Visual Studio Professional without subscriber benefits (formerly called MSDN benefits), like dev/test software. Here are your options:
- Buy a Visual Studio monthly subscription This is the most flexible way to access Visual Studio Professional 2013, 2015, and any new versions that are released while you stay subscribed. You also get access to Visual Studio Team Services and Team Foundation Server. Learn how to buy these subscriptions.
- Buy a standalone Visual Studio Professional 2015 license and use this as long as you like, though you won't get new versions when they're released.
Tools and features
No, your VS install is not corrupt. The Visual Studio 2015 application icon has been moved outside of the Visual Studio 2015 folder. If you're running Windows 7, you can find the application at the top of the "All Programs" list grouped with other application icons. If you are running Windows 8, 8.1 or 10, you can find the application listed under the ‘V’ grouping. If you are still unable to find it, use Windows search (press the Windows key, then type “Visual Studio 2015”).
The application icon will no longer be located in the Visual Studio 2015 folder.
Visual Studio Team Services
Security and privacy
When you sign in for the first time, we ask you for some extra information so that we can personalize your experience. If our Terms of Service have changed since you last signed in, you might be asked to agree and confirm that your information is up-to-date.
Compatibility and support
Visual Studio Team Services works with two major IDEs in the market today: Visual Studio and Eclipse. We also support integration with other tools through the TFS MSSCCI Provider, and with our command-line tools, which can be installed by downloading the free Team Explorer Everywhere product.
You can find downloads for these tools here:
- Visual Studio: Visual Studio downloads
- Eclipse: eclipse.org downloads
- TFS MSSCCI Provider: via Visual Studio Gallery
- Team Explorer Everywhere (TFS Plug-in for Eclipse): via Visual Studio downloads
In addition, you can use any Git client to access Team Projects with Git repositories, including:
- Visual Studio 2015
- Eclipse with the EGit extension
- Xcode (using Xcode’s built-in support for Git repositories)
To set up an on-premises build controller with your Visual Studio Team Services account, follow the instructions at the Scale out and administer your build and deployment system topic.
Currently, we do not have support for continuous deployment to Azure using an on-premises build controller, so if you are trying to setup continuous deployment to Azure, you will need to use a hosted build controller.