I have searched on this and am still not certain of what I need to do.
I have VS2010.
I have been asked to learn a complex .sln developed by another developer. I have the source code and opened the .sln; however, one of the projects (a .csproj) is returned with "this project is incompatible with the current version of Visual Studio".
After searching the web, I tried opening the .csproj to check/change the .net settings, but doing so opened the entire .sln (something I suspect with the complexity of the .sln). My version of .net is already 4.5.1 but I understand VS2010 likes 4.0
This has left me with the decision to 'upgrade' to VS2012.
I am old-school (I admit) and I thought I'd be able to buy and upgrade, but from what I understand, to get VS2012 I need to upgrade my MSDN license. Here's my question/problem:
1. How do I determine if I already have purchased an MSDN license w/ my 2010? It is 'Pro' and I've been looking hi and lo for some kind of indication that I do or do-not have a license. I installed it a long time ago and I honestly don't know. When I launch VS2010 and go to 'Help >> MSDN Forums" - it responds ... so at least it doesn't tell me I don't have one ..(?)
2. If I don't have an existing license ... how do I go about getting VS2012? It isn't an upgrade I guess, so much as a side-by-side installation. My searches indicate it'll run me about $500.
So what I need is some best-practices advice on how to get VS2012 (or VS2013). I work for a small business who will cover the costs, but at the same time, I need to be sure I'm charging them the ultimate minimum.
Thank you in advance