When I polled Programming and Development readers about Visual Studio 2010, some members said cost was a big problem. I don’t view this as a major issue; after all, there are the various Express editions, which can be used for free, academic and DreamSpark copies for students and teachers, BizSpark for startups, and free copies for certified Microsoft Partners.

Even for those who have to purchase Visual Studio at retail prices, I think its cost is inline with other enterprise class development tools, with the exception of the Ultimate version, which is quite expensive (MSRP is $11,899). That said, the Ultimate edition does replace a wide variety of other expensive tools; if you use a significant portion of the Ultimate version’s functionality, it looks like a bargain in comparison. But I also recognize that for a lot of companies, it is hard to justify the price of a tool, even if it has ROI.

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