Data Warehousing, BI and Data Science

27 February 2011

Editions and Prices of Visual Studio 2008

Filed under: Analysis Services — Vincent Rainardi @ 11:03 pm

This page on Microsoft web site contains the differences between 5 Microsoft Visual Studio editions, as below:

The prices for these 5 Microsoft Visual Studio editions are:
(all prices including VAT, from eCost Software 27/2/11, rounded to nearest GBP)

  1. Professional with MSDN Essentials £694
  2. Professional with MSDN Subscription £954
  3. Premium £3,695
  4. Ultimate £10,230
  5. Test Professional £1,954

A few important things to notice (beside the prices) are:

  1. All 5 editions includes SQL Server 2008. It’s for development only, not for production, but we buy VS for development purpose anyway.
  2. The Professional and Test Professional editions don’t not include DB dev/testing stuff. In particular you can’t generate test data.
  3. Only Premium and Ultimate include Microsoft Office.
  4. All editions except #1 includes Team Foundation stuff e.g. VSS, build automation, team portal & reporting, BUT you need to buy TFS server licence (£378) and TFS CAL (£339/user)
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