Visual Basic application

Folks,
I'm considering learning Visual Basic to developed desktop applications.
What VB version is recommended? I'm currently running Win 7, but would consider Win 8.1 if necessary.
Thank you
Frank FreeseAsked:
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xav056Commented:
Use VB.NET.
The latest is always better as it usually has more features and it is backward compatible, currently .NET 4.5.
You can download a free version of visual studio express
http://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-express-vs.aspx
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xav056Commented:
I should add it doesn't matter if you are on windows 7 or windows 8 as long as you have the right evelopment tool and the right framework.
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
Just a note that there are different version of Visual Studio Express:

Visual Studio 2013 for Windows - This creates apps suitable for the Windows 8 start menu.
Visual Studio 2013 for Windows Desktop - This creates the traditional desktop applications for Windows.
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Frank FreeseAuthor Commented:
Thank you
I was able to get a student copy of Ultimate 2013. Is that an overkill?
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
No, you are just lucky. :-)
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xav056Commented:
Ultimate is the best you can get,, you will probably not use all the bells and whistles but there is not disadvatage to having the Ultimate
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frankhelkCommented:
If you like to develop develop desktop applications, I think that there's no way around Visual Studio.

To learn it, I would recommend that you just D/L the current Visual Studio Express edition. It's free and contains almost everything necessary for learning and normal applications. The non-free editions contain mostly extras needed for enterprise application and sophisticated usage.

Just go to www.microsoft.com, enter "Visual Studio Express" into the search field and follow the appropriate serch results to the D/L page.
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Frank FreeseAuthor Commented:
Thanks folks
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Frank FreeseAuthor Commented:
thanks for the tip frank - that was my next question - learning
might post it anyway
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