Are You Running the Ultimate Version of Visual Studio 2010?

I’m doing a talk today at DevConnections in Orlando, FL today. The talk is primarily about all the yummy goodness that Microsoft ships out of band from the core Visual Studio product boxes. In addition, I cover what’s in the SKUs above Visual Studio 2010 Professional edition—Premium and Ultimate.

So here’s a list of the items I either showed a demo of, or mentioned.

Product/Feature Minimum SKU Notes
SQL Server 2008 R2 Express N/A  
Silverlight Tools for Visual Studio 2010 Professional Download
Silverlight 4 Toolkit April 2010 N/A Download
Windows Azure Tools for Microsoft Visual Studio Professional Link inside Visual Studio or download
Windows Azure AppFabric Professional Download
Windows Phone Developer Tools N/A Integrates with existing Visual Studio or provides Express
Silverlight for Windows Phone Toolkit N/A Requires Phone Developer Tools
Windows Phone 7 Design Templates N/A Requires Blend for Windows Phone
Database Development Premium Feature of SKU
IntelliTrace Ultimate Feature of SKU
Unlimited Load Testing Ultimate Benefit
Project Server Connector Ultimate Benefit
Lab Management Ultimate Benefit (also via Test Professional 2010)
Team Foundation Server 2010 Professional Benefit
Team Foundation Server Power Tools Professional Download
Various Power Tools Professional See Extension Manager in Visual Studio

Feature of SKU means it’s in the box.
Benefit means you get it if you have the SKU and valid MSDN Subscription
N/A under Minimum SKU means it works with command-line tools or doesn’t technically require Visual Studio 2010 to work

About the author

Brian A. Randell is a Partner with MCW Technologies, LLC. Brian is also currently a Visual Studio ALM MVP.

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