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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Express Edition or Standard?
If you are not developing commercial software then do not waste your money. The free Express Edition will do all you want.
But if you are writing commercial software then you should buy the product. There are many different editions to choose from, so I will not say the Standard edition is best. It does everything I want (but then so does the Express Edition).
Published on 2 May 2009 by E. Hundy

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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Microsoft
This looks to be a very comprehensive suite, with a lot of useful tools for developers, however buying this product has mirrored my experience of buying Microsoft's Visual Basic Developer's kit a few years ago - the samples provided do not work straight out of the box. My previous experience found that Microsoft later issued a pack containing revised samples (which to be...
Published on 28 Mar 2009 by Mr. Bruce Herrington


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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Typical Microsoft, 28 Mar 2009
This review is from: Visual Studio Standard 2008 Win32 DVD (DVD-ROM)
This looks to be a very comprehensive suite, with a lot of useful tools for developers, however buying this product has mirrored my experience of buying Microsoft's Visual Basic Developer's kit a few years ago - the samples provided do not work straight out of the box. My previous experience found that Microsoft later issued a pack containing revised samples (which to be fair, then worked perfectly), but no sign of that for this product yet.

So I either have to not use the samples, and start learning from scratch, use a product support call to find out what the problem is, or wait in the hope that Microsoft will get around to sorting it out in their own time.
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3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Express Edition or Standard?, 2 May 2009
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E. Hundy "Liz" (Leeds UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Visual Studio Standard 2008 Win32 DVD (DVD-ROM)
If you are not developing commercial software then do not waste your money. The free Express Edition will do all you want.
But if you are writing commercial software then you should buy the product. There are many different editions to choose from, so I will not say the Standard edition is best. It does everything I want (but then so does the Express Edition).
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22 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This software suite is well out of date!, 27 Feb 2009
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This review is from: Visual Studio Standard 2008 Win32 DVD (DVD-ROM)
Amazon stick's the Kid's Review at the top discredit feedback unless it is positive? I am only trying to save you some time and money.

The DVD has a date of 2007 on it! Microsoft makes continual improvements to the package and these 2007 DVDs have been sitting in Amazon stock room collecting dust. The last two reviews were correct and relevant in that they were made just over a year ago. At that time the DVD content had currency. Now, the content is historical and archival. I would say buy the software from Microsoft that is likely to give you the latest version.
Unless Amazon state "Visual Studio 2008 Standard Edition - 2007 Version!". It is then that you know this copy is missing about 14 - 24 month worth of improvements and updates. You can't even get Visual Web Developer Express Edition for it. Download was refused on the ground that the software installed was an earlier version and needed upgrading to SP1 before download of free development IDE. So I have given it one star because you save some of your money for getting the upgrade as you alreadyt have this old version. But then the question remain "How current is the upgrade, 2007/8 or 2009 upgrade!?".
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