In This Chapter
Sorting out multiple editions of Visual Studio
Deciding which edition is right for you
Choosing the right MSDN subscription
Getting acquainted with Visual Studio Team System
Sorting out all the different editions of Visual Studio is mind-numbing. Microsoft provides a Visual Studio edition for developers at all levels of experience, from absolute beginners working on their own to large-scale development teams with thousands of members.
This chapter helps you make sense of the different editions of Visual Studio so that you can decide which one's right for you. In this chapter, you discover the features of Visual Studio Team System and read about the future of Visual Studio.
Although Microsoft still offers the stalwart Professional Edition, the company expanded its offerings to reach out to everyone from novices all the way to high-end, large-scale development teams.
Visual Studio offers these editions, listed in order from the simplest to most complex features included in the edition:
Visual Studio Express Editions
Visual Studio Professional
Visual Studio Team System
One of the major goals of Microsoft with Visual Studio is to enable personal productivity for all software developers. This list describes which edition you should use if you're in one of these groups:
You're a hobbyist, student, or novice. Check out the Express Editions. You should also consider the Express Editions if you ...