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Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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"The most valuable feature is the integration with different databases.""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.""I like it that I don't need any special software to run this program.""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.""Code management is a new and convenient feature.""The most valuable feature is that it is a complete package, with an IDE and everything that you need for software development.""It is convenient to have all the development tools in one interface."

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"What I like most about this solution, is that we can use it as a secondary customization platform.""The most valuable aspects of the solution are the user-friendly interface and easy workflow.""The workflow is the solution's most valuable feature.""The initial setup is straightforward.""The document filing system is the solution's most valuable feature. We have used SharePoint as an option for a document managed system, like Documentum and IBM Filenet.""The new version doesn't have the option to view data, but it has other, better features though.""The feature I find most valuable, is the workflow of the product.""The most valuable part of the solution is its ability to allow for a high degree of customization."

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"The reporting services are quite limited in terms of features and need to be improved.""In the next version I would like to see a better development tool.""Technical support needs to be improved. Right now, it's not great.""File installations are heavy.""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.""The interface is slow to start up."

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"There is zero technical support. I have to use Google to fix the issues myself.""Further development for SharePoint online would be ideal. However, I'm not sure if it's true that Microsoft will no longer develop SharePoint Designer in the future or not.""The solution is a bit complex. They should work to simplify it.""The web services aspect of the solution is very weak.""I believe Microsoft does not support Sharepoint on-premises. They only support Sharepoint on the Cloud. They should provide for both options and let the client choose their preference.""I would like to be able to use SharePoint Designer without having to buy other third party programs.""I am not sure how stable the solution will be once Microsoft stops supporting it.""The solution is not scalable at all."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"The price is good.""There's a community edition that is absolutely free to use. It's pretty good.""The introduction of the Community Version allows some people to use it free of charge.""Our purchasing department pays a fair price for it."

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"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.""This solution is free of charge.""The cost of the license is based on the size of the user base."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: It is convenient to have all the development tools in one interface.
Top Answer: The company buys and pays for the product. I think our purchasing department gets a fair price for it. But the actual price is something I do not have any idea of.
Top Answer: I think that because it integrates many tools into one interface the startup is very slow. It would be nice if the startup speed could be improved. Maybe in the future, they can provide a better… more »
Top Answer: Retrieving documents and uploading them is easy.
Top Answer: The cost of the license is based on the size of the user base.
Top Answer: The pricing is a little bit high and can be reduced. If we could pay for a single license that covers the whole organization then it would be better than paying fees based on the size of our user… more »
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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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Sample Customers
Knab, Hamburg Port Authority, Kecioren Municipality, National Instruments, Hamburg Port Authority, Government of Odisha, Kongsberg Maritime AS
Pyrotek Inc., ICA, Deliver Australia, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Aegon, ABB Switzerland, Ascent Yarns Private Limited, Bakewell Biscuits Pvt Ltd, Hitachi Consulting
Top Industries
Manufacturing Company56%
Consumer Goods Company11%
Computer Software Company11%
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company13%
Educational Organization12%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
Manufacturing Company33%
Healthcare Company22%
Comms Service Provider22%
Real Estate/Law Firm11%
Comms Service Provider25%
Computer Software Company21%
Media Company7%
Company Size
Small Business50%
Midsize Enterprise6%
Large Enterprise44%
Small Business27%
Midsize Enterprise40%
Large Enterprise33%
Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
513,091 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 7 reviews while SharePoint Designer is ranked 2nd in .NET Development Services with 17 reviews. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 8.6, while SharePoint Designer is rated 7.0. 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 Zend Studio, Genero and Microsoft Silverlight, whereas SharePoint Designer is most compared with ASP.NET. See our Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer report.

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