Which version do I need?

I've been tasked with finding out which version of Visual Studio we need for our development team.  Right now the team consists of myself and is slated to include two, and at the most three, more developers.  All we really need is Visual Studio 2005 but I'm wondering if it's not such a bad idea to just get 2008 now.  I've never had to make a call like this so I'm kind of stumped, just need some general advice.


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Jaime OlivaresSoftware ArchitectCommented:
>>All we really need is Visual Studio 2005 but I'm wondering if it's not such a bad idea to just get 2008 now.
VS 2008 comes with C# 3.0 and .net frameworks 3.0 and 3.5 with WPF, XAML, WCF, WF, etc.
A rule for a competitive developer is always to go with the newest technology, so I wouldn't choose a deprecated product like VS 2005.

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Fernando SotoRetiredCommented:
Hi stretch73;

In my opinion there is really no chose here. The reason I say this is that VS 2008 can build projects using the .Net framework 2.0,  3.0 or 3.5. The framework 2.0 is the same as VS 2005. So the better product is VS 2008 you can do both and with 2008 you have the latest technology.

As you can see from the screen shot in VS 2008 when you go to create a new project the New Project dialog window lets you select which Framework you want the new project in, see upper right corner.

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