Thread: Visual C++ 2008 Express questions...

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    Visual C++ 2008 Express questions...

    I just bought a new laptop, but it comes with Vista installed.

    I already have Visual Studio 6 but I don't want to hassle with it's installation on Vista. So I been looking and found that Visual C++ 2008 Express is compatible with Vista. It also seems like it's free. So my questions are:

    1. Is it really free? No trial period or anything?

    2. If it is free, how do you they make money off of it? I notice it has some functions that are unavailable, is that why it's free? I only need a compiler and IDE to work on my Vista laptop to make a text adventure game.

    Any information on VC 2008 would be greatly appreciated. I won't be using Dev-C++ anymore. I really like Microsoft's Visual C++ because it finds more compiler warnings than Dev does.

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    It is free, and you can sell what you create with it.

    >> If it is free, how do you they make money off of it?
    Perhaps one day, you will be in a position to decide what development tools a company purchases. They are hoping you will choose what you know and have experience with. Or perhaps you simply want to try some of the features not part of the express edition.


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    Not to mention you should get the h*ll away from VS6 asap

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    Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

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    It's complete free, no strings attached.
    There's also a Standard/Pro/Enterprise version of Visual Studio, which aren't free. Those are more for companies, or such.
    Express just doesn't contain some more advanced stuff like team testing and MFC.

    But if you're a student, you can get Pro for free.
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    wow. that is awesome. Thanks for all the info. you are all a great help.

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