We have a solution in Visual Studio with a number of Fortran and Visual C++ projects. Last year we upgraded from VS2008 to 2010 and were forced to upgrade the Fortran compiler as the version we were using at the time (11.1) did not integrate with 2010. We recently upgraded to Visual Studio 2012 to take advantage of new language features, only to discover that Composer 2011 does not integrate with VS2012. Fortunately we were covered by the 12 month maintenance window when Composer 2013 was released, so can move ahead with our plan to migrate to 2012.
I am concerned that we will find ourselves being forced to upgrade Fortran Composer again when we upgrade to a future release of Visual Studio just because there is no integration with our existing Composer versin, not because we require the latest compiler. I understand that the maintenance renewal price is only valid for up to a year after the expiry date, after which time a new licence should be-purchased to use the latest release. Following price restructuring at Intel the unit licence cost has increased. Maintenance renewal is around two thirds the cost of a new licence.
With a team of over twenty users it is clearly uneconomical to renew maintanance every 18 months or so solely to fix integration with Visual Studio. Could Intel provide backwardly-compatible integration libraries for a small fee to allow us to continue to benefit from new Visual Studio features? Is there a partner program that provides bulk renewal options at an affordable cost?