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Goodbye .NET Reflector

It was nice while it lasted

It was nice while it lasted. I received the email below this afternoon announcing a $35 charge will soon be in place.

From this forum, it looks like Red-gate was hoping for a big pay day from Microsoft.

Quote from the forum:

"Right now I'm hoping MS wakes up to the importance of Reflector in .NET and realizes they have a severe gap in the SDK without Reflector. I hope they either acquire this software and include in the SDK or create something similar."

Personally I hope they don't get it.

Email:
An open letter to the .NET community

Red Gate has announced that it will charge $35 for version 7 of .NET Reflector upon its release in early March. Version 7 will be sold as a perpetual license, with no time bomb or forced updates.

As many of you know, our original intention was to maintain .NET Reflector as a free tool. But, after two-and-a-half years of providing it without charge, we realized that we could not make the free model work. We know that this will cause pain for some people in the .NET community, and we apologize for the change in policy.

As a commercial company, we need to charge at least a nominal amount to keep .NET Reflector up-to-date and relevant. Without revenue coming in, we cannot dedicate a team of developers to ensure that Reflector remains a valuable part of .NET developers' toolboxes.

As always, your feedback is important to Red Gate, so please contribute any thoughts on this subject to our .NET Reflector forum.

Sincerely,
Neil Davidson
Co-CEO, Red Gate Software

Link to more:
Read answers to frequently asked questions about Red Gate's .NET Reflector decision.
Video interview with Simon Galbraith, Red Gate co-CEO, about the future of .NET Reflector.

New features in V7 of .NET Reflector.

Forum for feedback and discussion.

Free downloads of .NET Reflector.

You have been sent this special mail from Simple Talk because you are a current .NET Reflector newsletter subscriber. To unsubscribe from the .NET Reflector newsletter please click here. Or write to Simple Talk, Red Gate Software, Newnham House, Cambridge Business Park, Cambridge, CB4 0WZ, United Kingdom.

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