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Whice version VisualStudio for new Dev Laptop?

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I am going to be adding WebDevelopment skillset to my toolbox.  All of my experience has been with Desktop/Console VB.net applications.  At the same time, I will be upgrading laptops.  

What is the best combination of laptop(including features), windows version and visual studio version at the current time for development?

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I want to keep my options open for development in the event I do contracting work.  Is 2017 a version that is out there in the market for desirability?
Also, what are my options for purchasing? Is there a "rental" type situation like o365?

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2017 has been released officially in march. It is a live product. You can work on most older projects (2012/2015) using 2017.

There is no monthly subscription for this product. You also have the Pro and Enterprise edition.
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That is great...but I don't understand how it can be no charge.  Years ago a buddy working at a major electronic store comp repair dpt put 2010 ultimate on my laptop. Wasn't that a cple thousand dollars back then?

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Well, The times they are a changing - as Bob Dylan sang.

The Community edition has some limitations but you may never encounter them.

The idea behind a free edition is to attract upcoming developers. And that is a clever approach: If you first start working (seriously) with Visual Studio, you won't look back. It is a wonderful environment, and vast too - you will probably never be able to master all features, not to say the variety of programming languages it supports.

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The strategy of Microsoft shifted a bit. Hobbyist can use some dev tools for free so you can more easily convince your boss to upgrade to the latest version (using Pro / Enterprise edition). Microsoft now makes its money with the cloud (Azure/O365/...). They want you to build apps using Azure services!

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