I blindly downloaded the standard version of VS2005 Beta2 because the only other option was Team System (not for me and also a an extra GB which would have added at least 6 hours). Mike Gunderloy pointed out that this is standard and we don’t have access to Professional as yet, so I went and checked the product version comparison chart for a reminder.
Here are the key differences between Standard and Pro
User Experience=”Streamlined” instead of “Full” – I have no idea what this even means!
Deployment Tools – Standard has “Click Once”, Pro says “Yes” (probably MSI Installation as per current versions)
Extensibility: In Standard you can only consume extensions, but not build them
Reporting: Standard has Crystal. Pro also has SQL Reporting Svs
Debugging: Standard does NOT have remoteo debugging
SQL Server: Standard does not have the explorer for SQL Server and there is no SQL Server 2005 integration
Included with intstall: Pro has SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition and Windows 2003 Server Developer Edition included. Standard does not.
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