Microsoft Visual Studio vs SharePoint Designer comparison

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We performed a comparison between Microsoft Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two .NET Development Services solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.
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"The most valuable features of Microsoft Visual Studio are the availability of many extensions, an interpreter, a code formator, and helpful dark and light modes.""We have no issues with scaling.""I was testing how to publish in a cloud using Azure and it was very easy.""One of the most valuable features is its support. It's easy for me to get support even though I never use it. If there's a bug or a performance issue, Microsoft also provides quick updates, and this is another valuable feature of the program.""What I like the most about Microsoft Visual Studio is that it's useful. It's also a very stable solution, and is scalable as well. It's quick to set up as it only took me a few seconds to do it.""Visual Studio makes it easier to compile the code and shows me the errors upfront when coding. For example, it will tell me when a reference is incorrect or if there's a mistake within the function calls. I like how it highlights with a red underline so that I know there's an error at that point.""The most valuable feature of Microsoft Visual Studio is the good intelligence and UI.""It is great for integration with Excel."

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"The initial setup is very straightforward.""We like that the interface is very user-friendly making it easy to use.""The support on offer is helpful.""SharePoint has very good features for collaboration.""One of the most valuable features is that it's free. If you have SharePoint and you want to do some branding, then the only tool available is SharePoint Designer. Microsoft gives the portal, the content management system, and, on top of that, it gives you Designer. So we don't have a choice, but Designer is good.""We appreciate the fact that this solution can provide us with an on-premises version, as due to our geographical location, we are not able to use cloud-based tools.""I find the document management and search of SharePoint the most valuable features.""What I found most valuable in SharePoint Designer is that through it, you can perform a lot of SharePoint functionalities, such as creating SharePoint lists and libraries, as well as customizing pages."

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"The technical support can be slow.""Microsoft Visual Studio can improve by adding more features to the Mac version. There are a lot of features lacking in the Mac version, there are limitations. I can install Microsoft Visual Studio on the Mac operating system, but it is not the same as if I installed it on a Microsoft Windows system. The Microsoft Windows version has a lot of features available in Microsoft Visual Studio.""It has a ton of options and that sometimes can become very, very overwhelming for a new person, a new developer.""With the free version, we don't have that much support for Visual Studio. Its support is a little bit less and can be better.""I would like to see Visual Studio improve reporting to give us more details on failures. When there are failures, it's difficult to debug. It would be helpful to have more error information to help us to identify the issue and resolve it. I want to know more about software failures and exceptions in the system.""There have been some issues but not very often.""Could be improved with the ability to personalize the interface and development style and to edit extension requirements.""There's not much help to deal with issues on Microsoft's official websites."

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"The solution is not very flexible when trying to access the solution via a personal PC.""SharePoint Online should continue to integrate with other solutions.""Exporting the whole SharePoint website is an issue.""The search capabilities need to be improved.""The interface of SharePoint Designer could be improved, such as in SAP.""SharePoint Designer's integration with Microsoft tools could be improved.""I would like to see SharePoint improve the integration with different systems. I also would like to see more customization.""SharePoint is too complex to install and maintain."

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  • "The solution is a free tool."
  • "The price of Microsoft Visual Studio is reasonable but could be better."
  • "You may have to purchase more hardware utilities like processors or RAM."
  • "The license is taken care of by my company and the price could be less expensive."
  • "I am working with the open-source community version, which is free."
  • "You have to be a subscriber with a Visual Studio subscription to use the solution and the organization has to purchase a license that's linked to the account."
  • "The development license for Microsoft Visual Studio is free. I don't know if there's a licensing cost to it."
  • "We use the free version, and you don't need a license."
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  • "There is no licensing cost for Designer—it's free."
  • "SharePoint Designer is less expensive than other solutions we have used. We purchased Office 365 which SharePoint comes with the package."
  • "Priced per user per month with different plans to choose from."
  • "SharePoint Online has a subscription-based model for payments and the price is based on user usage."
  • "Most of the time, our customer's license from Microsoft includes the cost of SharePoint. However, if you have to buy it then SharePoint is quite expensive."
  • "We are using an enterprise SharePoint Designer license."
  • "SharePoint Designer's pricing is okay."
  • "SharePoint Designer is a free product. It's SharePoint that needs a license, not SharePoint Designer."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:I think how the product gets used and how it fits your use case depends on different user scenarios in the development environment. I cannot say which tool is better for someone in their… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature of Microsoft Visual Studio is its integration with Azure DevOps.
    Top Answer:The solution is expensive. I rate the price of Microsoft Visual Studio a two out of five.
    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 »
    Top Answer:Within our organization, there are roughly 3,000 people, but very few of them interact with SharePoint Designer. We plan on using this solution in the future.
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    MS Visual Studio
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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 Company29%
    Computer Software Company24%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Educational Organization9%
    Comms Service Provider29%
    Manufacturing Company21%
    Healthcare Company14%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Computer Software Company13%
    Healthcare Company9%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Company Size
    Small Business33%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise54%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise33%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
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    Microsoft Visual Studio is ranked 1st in .NET Development Services with 44 reviews while SharePoint Designer is ranked 2nd in .NET Development Services with 15 reviews. Microsoft Visual Studio is rated 8.2, while SharePoint Designer is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of Microsoft Visual Studio writes "Great support, easy to use, and simple to set up". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SharePoint Designer writes "Intuitive, customizable, and reliable". Microsoft Visual Studio is most compared with Genero, Microsoft Silverlight and Zend Studio, whereas SharePoint Designer is most compared with ASP.NET. See our Microsoft Visual Studio vs. SharePoint Designer report.

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