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VS 2005 vs VC++ 2005 Express

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Professional has remote debugging tools which can be useful for debugging fullscreen apps. It also supports mobile development. And Team edition has tons of nifty software development toys. But Express is pretty darn complete.

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- Express does not support many 3rd party tools such as Visual Assist X.
- Express has different library include requirements than Standard. Less is included by default. You also must download the Platform SDK separately. This is easy, but it can be a pain at first.
- Standard comes with a manual that can be useful. Also TWO GIANT POSTERS !!

The first reason was enough for me to spend ~60$ for the Standard Edition (with a student discount). The posters were also a nice perk ! :P

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