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What is the least expensive version of Visual Studio 2010?

I'm using the Visual Studio 2008 Pro Trial and would like to get Visual Studio 2010 which is now available.

There was a "Standard" version of VS 2008 that would do everything I need (I'm using VB.NET 2008 to convert a VB6 based Excel COM Addin to a VB.NET based COM Addin which will eventually be converted to 64 bit for Excel 2010 x64).

The "standard" version of VS 2008 cost $299 and was offered for a special price of $199 on the Microsoft site up until recently.

What version of Visual Studio 2010 do I need and how much can I expect to pay for it? I don't think I need an MSDN subscription and was hoping that not getting MSDN would reduce the price. All I can find at the Microsoft store (Canadian) is Visual Studio 2010 Pro with MSDN for $1199.
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shadow77Commented:
Visual Basic 2010 Express is free.

http://www.microsoft.com/express/downloads/
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Éric MoreauSenior .Net ConsultantCommented:
you can get the Express version for free: http://www.microsoft.com/express/
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ou81aswellAuthor Commented:
That would be great but I'm not sure if it supports Office development. I would also like to be able to produce Win32 .EXEs.
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ou81aswellAuthor Commented:
Thanks.

I'm guessing I need the Pro with MSDN essentials. I can't tell if Express will allow me to build a COM addin for x32 and x64 in VB. I don't know if it has any templates for building shared addins for Excel / Office apps and I don't understand what "Express does not have solution folders" means.

MS have not yet provided us with an Express versus paid for comparison chart for VS 2010.

I suppose I could always install it and see but I don't have time.
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CodeCruiserCommented:
I think Express does not support office and mobile development. It just gives you basic Windows and Web templates.
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