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Visual Studio Editions 

Visual Studio is available in several editions: Standard, Professional, Tools for Office, and Team System. For information about Team System, see Visual Studio Team System.

The core languages included with Visual Studio — Visual Basic, Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual J# — as well as Visual Web Developer are each also offered in separate Express editions.

The following table lists the different features and tools available with Express editions, Visual Studio Standard and Professional editions, and Visual Studio Tools for Office.

Feature Express Standard Professional Visual Studio Tools for Office

Programming languages included

Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, and Visual J# are single language.

Visual Web Developer includes Visual C# and Visual Basic.

All

All

Visual Basic and Visual C# only.

User experience

Simplified menu options and defaults

Simplified menu options and defaults

Full

Full

Documentation

10mb "Getting Started"; Starter Kits targeted at first-time programmers

200mb optional MSDN Express

Full MSDN Library

Full MSDN Library

Full MSDN Library

IntelliSense

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Code editor

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Code snippets

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Windows Forms designer

Not available with Visual Web Developer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web Forms designer

Only available with Visual Web Developer

Yes

Yes

Yes

Mobile Device support

No

Yes

Yes

No

Database design tools to create and modify tables and stored procedures

Local only

Local and remote

Local and remote

Local and remote

Data access designers

Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, local only.

Visual Web Developer includes local and remote.

Local and remote

Local and remote

Local and remote

Class Designer

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Object Test Bench

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

XML editor support

XML editing available.

Basic XSLT support available only with Visual Web Developer

Full XML and XSLT

Full XML and XSLT

Full XML and XSLT

Deployment tools

ClickOnce only

ClickOnce only

All tools

All tools

Extensibility

Add external tools to the menu only. Use 3rd party controls.

Consume extensions

Full

Full

Server Explorer Servers node

No

No

Yes

No

Reporting

SQL Server Reporting Services Add-in available with Visual Web Developer only

SQL Server Reporting Services

SQL Server Reporting Services and Crystal Reports

SQL Server Reporting Services

Source Code Control

No

MSSCCI-compatible

(Visual SourceSafe sold separately)

MSSCCI-compatible

(Visual SourceSafe sold separately)

MSSCCI-compatible

(Visual SourceSafe sold separately)

Local debugging

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Remote debugging

No

No

Yes

No

Office development support

No

No

No

Excel 2003, Word 2003, InfoPath 2003, and Outlook 2003

Includes Microsoft Office Access 2003 Developer Extensions and a license for the Access 2003 Runtime

Develop Visual Studio Packages with the Visual Studio SDK

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Deploy Visual Studio Packages with the Visual Studio SDK

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

Profile Guided Optimization (PoGO)

No

No

Yes

No

64-bit compiler support (Itanium)

No

No

No

No

64-bit compiler support (x64)

No

Yes

Yes

No

SQL Server 2005 integration

No

No

Yes

Yes

SQL Server 2005 Editions

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition

SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition

SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition

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