Visual C++ Tools and Templates in Visual Studio Editions

The following tables show Visual C++ features that are available in Visual Studio. An X in a cell indicates that the feature is available; an empty cell indicates that the feature is not available. Notes in parentheses indicate that a feature is available, but restricted.

Compiler

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

32-bit X86 compiler

X

X

X

X

X

X86_arm cross-compiler

X

X

X

X

64-bit x64 compiler

X

X

X

X86_ x64 cross-compiler

X

X

X

X

X

Library or Header

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Windows headers and libraries

(X)

X

X

X

X

CRT library

(X)

X

X

X

X

STL

X

X

X

X

X

ATL

X

X

X

MFC

X

X

X

.NET Framework class library

X

X

X

X

C++ Support Library for .NET

X

X

X

X

OpenMP

X

X

X

X

X

Template

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Blank App (XAML)

X

X

X

X

Grid App (XAML)

X

X

X

X

Split App (XAML)

X

X

X

X

X

Direct2D App (XAML)

X

X

X

X

Direct3D App

X

X

X

X

DLL (Windows Store apps)

X

X

X

X

Static Library (Windows Store apps)

X

X

X

X

Windows Runtime Component

X

X

X

X

Unit Test Library (Windows Store apps)

X

X

X

X

ATL Project

X

X

X

Class Library (CLR)

X

X

X

X

CLR Console Application

X

X

X

X

CLR Empty Project

X

X

X

X

Custom Wizard

X

X

X

Empty Project

X

X

X

X

Makefile Project

X

X

X

X

MFC ActiveX Control

X

X

X

MFC Application

X

X

X

MFC DLL

X

X

X

Test Project

X

X

X

X

X

Win32 Console Application

X

X

X

X

Win32 Project

X

X

X

X

Tool

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Incremental Linker (Link.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

Program Maintenance Utility (Nmake.exe)

X

X

X

X

Lib Generator (Lib.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Resource Compiler (Rc.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Resource to Object Converter (CvtRes.exe)

X

X

X

X

Browse Information Maintenance Utility (BscMake.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

C++ Name Undecorator (Undname.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

COFF/PE Dumper (Dumpbin.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

COFF/PE Editor (Editbin.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

MASM (Ml.exe)

X

X

X

Spy++

X

X

X

ErrLook

X

X

X

AtlTrace

X

X

X

Devenv.com

X

X

X

Inference Rules

X

X

X

Upgrade VCBuild .vcproj projects to MSBuild (VCUpgrade.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

Profile Guided Optimizations

X

X

X

Debugging Feature

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Native Debugging

X

X

X

X

X

Graphics Debugging

X

X

X

Managed Debugging

X

X

X

X

Remote Debugging

X

X

X

X

SQL Debugging

X

X

Static Code Analysis

Limited

Limited

X

X

X

Designer or Editor

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

XAML Designer

X

X

X

X

CSS Style Designer/Editor

X

X

X

X

X

HTML Designer/Editor

X

X

X

X

X

XML Editor

X

X

X

X

X

Source Code Editor

X

X

X

X

X

Windows Forms Designer

X

X

X

X

Data Designer

X

X

X

Resource Editors

X

X

X

X

X

Data Feature

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Data Designer

X

X

X

Data Objects

X

X

X

Web Services

X

X

X

Server Explorer

X

X

X

Build or Project Feature

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Command line builds (msbuild.exe)

X

X

X

X

X

Native Multi-targeting

X

X

X

X

X

Managed Multi-targeting

X

X

X

X

Parallel Builds

X

X

X

X

X

Build Customizations

X

X

X

X

X

Property Pages Extensibility

X

X

X

X

X

Automation and Extensibility

Visual Studio Express for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Professional

Visual Studio Premium

Visual Studio Ultimate

Extensibility Object Models

X

X

X

Code Model

X

X

X

Project Model

X

X

X

Resource Editor Model

X

X

X

Wizard Model

X

X

X

Debugger Object Model

X

X

X

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