Explore the versions and editions of Visual Studio. Determine which one to install for your developer computer.
- [Instructor] I'd like to spend a few minutes talking about Visual Studio versions. This series supports Visual Studio 2015 and Visual Studio 2017. Which one you choose depends on your situation at work. Do you have to install a certain version? If so, then use that one. Otherwise, if you have a choice I recommend installing the newer version. Next you have to choose what edition to get. There are three candidates to choose from. Here I'm on the visualstudio.com website, and you go to this section under download Visual Studio and you can see the three editions, Enterprise, Professional, and Community.
I recommend exploring this Visual Studio site. It's full of information about the editions. The Community edition is the free edition, and it has most of the features included in the paid versions. If you choose a paid version you have more choices. Let's go take a look at that section. I'll go to the pricing page. Here you can find information about subscriptions. If you've used Visual Studio in the past you might be familiar with the idea of the MSDN subscriptions. Microsoft has a naming change and they're now called Visual Studio subscriptions, and here's where you can find information about it.
You can find the information about the cloud subscriptions, the standard subscriptions, cloud versus standard comparisons, and the standalone licenses. Now you need to scroll down the page to see the prices. So here's the prices for annual subscriptions for Enterprise and Professional, or, if you'd rather pay monthly, you can look at these columns. Here's the standard subscriptions, and then if you just need a standalone license you could pay this one time standalone license purchase fee. Plus, you get to choose other services, like in the cloud subscriptions you're going to be signing for Azure.
You see that it has all the services listed down here, Team Services, Team Foundation Server, and so on. I discussed these options in this series, but you can learn a lot here on this site. For the last 10 years or so, I've had the Enterprise and MSDN subscription. It provides great value. In the rest of this chapter, I'll look at how each version impacts the courses in the series.
- Selecting a version of Visual Studio
- Downloading the installer
- Installing Visual Studio
- Examining the Product section
- Choosing the installer workloads
- Configuring Visual Studio settings