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What is the difference between Visual Studio Express Products and professional?

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I'm looking at http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/products/compare/default.aspx

User experience:
 Simplified menu options and defaults for express vs. Full for professional

But what does it actually mean?

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by:shy_talk
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You get a lot of project-y things, like testing infrastructure, version control in the full vs. Try this:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/products/compare/
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by:noam_dz
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Hi, this is the link I gave.
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by:alainbryden
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In the Professional one, there is a much wider range of things you can accomplish. Products will have some features, but not all of them. In theory, if what you are doing is pretty basic, Products is better because there is less 'Advanced clutter' in the way of the common and basic tools.

Hope this answers your question.
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by:RoyalNepal
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As far as I know, express is free version for some time...but when you save your projects, I dont think the projects will run in other studios besides that..because it is saved in a different format. But also, if you want to run Visual studio project in V express, you will have to convert your project, it will prompt you.

I used it before, its pretty good but it does not have all the functionalities which V stud professional does.

Hope this helps.

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by:Mike Tomlinson
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Express projects supposedly can be "migrated" to higher versions...

From:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/support/faq/#compat

17. Will programs I build with Visual Studio Express Editions work with other versions of Visual Studio 2005, like the Professional Edition?

    Absolutely. Express is a great entry point to professional software development, and Microsoft is committed to helping you "graduate" to higher-end products should you need them. Projects you create with an Express Edition will easily migrate to higher-end Visual Studio 2005 projects.
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by:RoyalNepal
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Do you have any specific questions???
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by:noam_dz
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What does "Simplified menu options and defaults" mean?
What is Simplified ?
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RoyalNepal earned 125 total points
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Well, these are the features which comes with the IDE...for more
information please visit

http://blogs.msdn.com/danielfe/archive/2006/05/10/594732.aspx 

Hope that helps.

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by:noam_dz
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This is exactly what I asked !
Wasn't my initial q. clear?
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