Different versions of Visual Studio which you can use


Microsoft Visual Studio has many different versions and you will keep seeing new version almost every year. The new versions have more powerful tools added to them and they support new features in the Microsoft .net framework. In this tutorial you will learn about different version of Visual Studio and also understand which one you should be using as per your needs

Visual Studio 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and so on…

As Microsoft technologies grew more and more powerful Microsoft launched new versions of Visual Studio to support them. Below is a table with Visual Studio versions and the respective .net frameworks they were built to support

Visual Studio .net framework supported
Visual Studio .net 1.0
Visual Studio 2003 1.1
Visual Studio 2005 2.0 , 3.0
Visual Studio 2008 2.0, 3.0, 3.5
Visual Studio 2010  
Visual Studio 2012  
Visual Studio 2013   
Visual Studio 2015    


Different editions of Visual Studio – Paid versions

Visual Studio is available in the following paid versions

  1. Professional – This is the cheapest edition of Visual Studio which you can purchase. It includes everything needed by .net developers to build software projects
  2. Premium - Visual Studio Premium Edition includes all of the tools in Visual Studio Professional and adds additional functionality to be used by testers and software architects.
  3. Ultimate – Visual Studio Ultimate edition contains everything that Microsoft has to offer for software development using Visual Studio. It includes tools for developers, testers, architects, project managers etc

Visual Studio Express – Free version

Microsoft also provides free version of Visual Studio under the name Visual Studio Express. It is a stripped down version of Visual Studio on a per-platform and per-language basis. This means that if you want to develop asp.net web applications then you will have to download Visual Studio Web Express and if you want to develop Window Forms applications then you will have to download Visual Studio for Windows Express. There are different versions of Visual Studio Express for different languages. You can download and use the express version if you are a student or using Visual Studio for learning purpose.

Visit this link to download latest express editions of Visual Studio https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-express-vs.aspx

Please note :

It is not important for you to download and install latest versions of Visual Studio if you are new to software development using .net. Depending on the power of your machine you should choose a version of Visual Studio. You will be able to learn without any problem even if you install Visual Studio which is one or two versions lower than the latest version.

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