A Comprehensive Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison


See: Updated: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison 


I just finished working on a very comprehensive product comparison of the Visual Studio 2008 product line. It only covers the IDE products, which means it doesn’t include stuff like Team Foundation Server or Test Load Agent.


It covers:



  • Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C# 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition
  • Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Architecture Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Database Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Development Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Test Edition
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Suite

Since I’m only human and this thing is massive, I’m sure there may be a mistake or two. If you spot anything that is in error (actually validated, not speculated), please let me know. I’m also in the process of publishing a downloadable document version of the entire chart.


Here’s where you can find it: Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison.


Update: Here are some downloadable versions (DOCX/XPS/PDF): Visual Studio 2008 Product Comparison downloads.


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Comments (13)

  1. anonymous says:

    Hey I downloaded a Word document of that comparison….thanks a lot for that comparison…great job…helps a lot in making which SKU to buy..looks like there are some feature changes between SKUs from 2005 but it is largely similar. I noticed in “Data-Related Tools” section, the Team Suite does not contain a (.) for “Database Project” while lower SKUs do which I think *may* be an error. I just wish Standard edition had VSTO.

  2. robcaron says:

    The Database Project project template doesn’t appear in Database Edition or Team Suite. The Database Project works directly against a SQL Server, but the database projects in Datbase Edition and Team Suite work with offline representations of a database.

  3. As Rob Caron points out, we just release the Visual Studio 2008 Feature Comparison Chart ( downloadable

  4. As Rob Caron points out, we just release the Visual Studio 2008 Feature Comparison Chart ( downloadable

  5. The post frequency on the Visual C++ team blog is reasonably high. Some posts deal with new features

  6. Jon says:

    I noticed that the chart says the standard edition can do remote debugging. Is this something that has changed in 2008, because I didn’t think 2005 standard could do that.  It would be fantastic if it could though – I could save on my licensing costs. 🙂

  7. Rob Caron just finished working on a very comprehensive product comparison for Visual Studio 2008. If

  8. Rob Caron has the goods , pointing to this MSDN article that compares the VS2008 range. The MSDN page

  9. robcaron says:

    Regarding Remote Debugging in Standard – it seems to be limited to C++.

  10. Rob Caron on Visual Studio 2008 Comprehensive Product Comparison. Martin Woodward on Accessing Team Build…

  11. ( ex ) VSTS Blogfather, Rob Caron , announced the availability of the Visual Studio Product Comparison