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The most valuable feature is that it is a complete package, with an IDE and everything that you need for software development.Code management is a new and convenient feature.While you're coding, it's really nice to be able to print stuff out and make sure that all the data is being organized the way you want it to be.I like it that I don't need any special software to run this program.The feature I find most valuable is the fact that it's broad-spectrum, so it can be used for a wide variety of technologies.The most valuable feature is the integration with different databases.

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The management and monitoring features are good.The technical support from Microsoft is very good.We used SharePoint Designer 2013 widely for data mining, exploring the content, and editing. Those are the main features that you would need to use SharePoint Designer for.The basic functionality the solution makes it easy to share documents or information with the team.The most valuable feature is the capability to directly access the SharePoint data structure.The workflow is the solution's most valuable feature.The most valuable feature is the development.The feature I find most valuable, is the workflow of the product.

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There are some features that I have yet to explore and it would be helpful to have more information about what is available and how it works.File installations are heavy.Technical support needs to be improved. Right now, it's not great.In the next version I would like to see a better development tool.The reporting services are quite limited in terms of features and need to be improved.

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The pricing is a little bit high and can be reduced.The new SharePoint Designer is very limited.SharePoint Designer is not releasing a new version. Version 2013 was the latest version. Now in 2019, we are still using the biggest version. It doesn't work properly anymore. Sometimes we experience issues, but there is no new version.It has a lot of bugs. It's also not very convenient. The UX/UI is not very user-friendly and not designed to be similar to other applications from Microsoft.It would be helpful to have the SharePoint Designer capabilities built directly into SharePoint itself, into the management page, so as to create an online version of it directly in SharePoint.The solution requires more web-based publishing. It would benefit from adding in more collaboration features as well.This solution could definitely be made easier to use.I am not sure how stable the solution will be once Microsoft stops supporting it.

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The introduction of the Community Version allows some people to use it free of charge.There's a community edition that is absolutely free to use. It's pretty good.The price is good.

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The cost of the license is based on the size of the user base.This solution is free of charge.I've never paid for SharePoint Designer. What I paid for, is the SharePoint license, the cava, and then the client accesses the line fee.

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Visual Studio.NET is the umbrella that represents the key pieces of the .NET platform delivered from Microsoft, including the .NET Framework, the recently announced .NET Core, and a shared common layer of packages, compilers and runtime. Read this .NET blog post about the evolution of the platform and the different pieces that make .NET 2015. SharePoint Designer is the tool of choice for the rapid development of SharePoint applications. Using SharePoint Designer, advanced users and developers alike can rapidly create SharePoint solutions in response to business needs. Advanced users can compose no-code solutions that encompass a variety of common scenarios, from collaborative sites and web publishing to Line-Of-Business data integration, business intelligence solutions, and human workflows, leveraging the building blocks available in SharePoint in an easy to use environment.
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Knab, Hamburg Port Authority, Kecioren Municipality, National Instruments, Hamburg Port Authority, Government of Odisha, Kongsberg Maritime ASPyrotek Inc., ICA, Deliver Australia, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Aegon, ABB Switzerland, Ascent Yarns Private Limited, Bakewell Biscuits Pvt Ltd, Hitachi Consulting
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
437,557 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 8 reviews while SharePoint Designer is ranked 2nd in .NET Development Services with 16 reviews. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 9.0, while SharePoint Designer is rated 6.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Visual Studio writes "Great integrated debugger, offers lots of features, and is extremely stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SharePoint Designer writes "Enables us to build workflow processes from end-to-end". Microsoft Visual Studio is most compared with TIBCO General Interface, Zend Studio, Microsoft Silverlight, Genero and ASP.NET, whereas SharePoint Designer is most compared with ASP.NET. See our Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer report.

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