S. Somasegar is the corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. Learn more about Somasegar.
Today marks the one year birthday of Visual Studio 2010!
It seems not long ago that we had the world-wide launch celebrating the largest developer tool release from Microsoft in many years. I spoke then about the ability to target platforms like Windows 7, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7, about features and updates that enable developers to be more productive, and about the strong improvements we made in Application Lifecycle Management tools for teams. You responded, and within six months of launch, Visual Studio 2010 usage had surpassed all previous versions. Now, one year later, I'm proud to say that we didn't stop there and continued to add more value to the product. Today, seven million downloads later, here is a brief history highlighting some of our developer tool updates since April 2010 for both our MSDN subscribers and non-MSDN users. These are just some of the highlights of what we've made available for Visual Studio users since its launch a year ago.
Although we've been busy over the past year, it seems you, our partners and users, have been busier! More than 1,600 Visual Studio 2010 extensions have been submitted to the Visual Studio Gallery, with over 4 million extension downloads by users. Our partners continue to be able to build businesses around Visual Studio, and over the past year, partners have generated over $400 million in revenue from Visual Studio-based extensions. And many customers have been using Visual Studio 2010 to meet their business goals. Today there are nearly 200 examples of real customers involving Visual Studio 2010 on the Microsoft Case Studies site. Learn more about our Visual Studio partners (including how to become one) here, and read some of the Visual Studio 2010 case studies on the Microsoft Case Studies site.
Thank you as you customer and partner for being a part of Visual Studio's success. Looking forward to more great things.