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Differences between version for desktop and for Windows

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    What are the differences between Visual Studio 2015 Express for Windows and for Desktop? 

    Friday, July 29, 2016 3:05 PM

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  • In my opinion, with Express for Desktop you can create traditional Windows applications. Examples: Notepad, Excel, Visual Studio. Some typical technologies: Windows API, Windows Forms, WPF, MFC.

    With Express for Windows you can create modern kind of Windows applications, such as Weather or Calendar, which can be found in Start menu of Windows 10, or a multitude of programs that can be downloaded from Microsoft Store. A typical technology is Universal Windows Platform (UWP). It is possible to develop applications for different devices and phones, not only for desktop computers or laptops. And for some non-Windows environments too.

    In both of the cases you can use different programming languages.

    Friday, July 29, 2016 4:32 PM
  • VS Express for Windows SKUs can only target the Windows Store, so in the case of VS 2015 Express for Windows you can target Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps only.

    VS Express for Windows Desktop SKUs are for writing classic Win32 desktop applications, but is missing a number of features such as the VS Graphics Debugger.

    These Express SKUs were introduced back in VS 2012 and are still be carried forward, but you are much better off using the VS 2015 Community edition if you meet the terms of the license. Community is the same feature set as Professional including extensibility, the VS Graphics Debugger, etc. and can target both UWP and classic Win32 desktop apps.


    Friday, July 29, 2016 5:30 PM
  • Hi Ajgor64,

    You can find the comparison between the different Visual Studio Express editions for VS2013 at Visual Studio Express   (This is also apply to VS2015 Express)

    In addition, as said by Chuck Walbourn . We suggest you'd better use  VS2015 Community, it's a free version of Visual Studio and with fully-featured. You can download it in the side below:

    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-community-vs.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Lake Xiao


    Monday, August 01, 2016 3:10 AM
    Moderator

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  • In my opinion, with Express for Desktop you can create traditional Windows applications. Examples: Notepad, Excel, Visual Studio. Some typical technologies: Windows API, Windows Forms, WPF, MFC.

    With Express for Windows you can create modern kind of Windows applications, such as Weather or Calendar, which can be found in Start menu of Windows 10, or a multitude of programs that can be downloaded from Microsoft Store. A typical technology is Universal Windows Platform (UWP). It is possible to develop applications for different devices and phones, not only for desktop computers or laptops. And for some non-Windows environments too.

    In both of the cases you can use different programming languages.

    Friday, July 29, 2016 4:32 PM
  • VS Express for Windows SKUs can only target the Windows Store, so in the case of VS 2015 Express for Windows you can target Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps only.

    VS Express for Windows Desktop SKUs are for writing classic Win32 desktop applications, but is missing a number of features such as the VS Graphics Debugger.

    These Express SKUs were introduced back in VS 2012 and are still be carried forward, but you are much better off using the VS 2015 Community edition if you meet the terms of the license. Community is the same feature set as Professional including extensibility, the VS Graphics Debugger, etc. and can target both UWP and classic Win32 desktop apps.


    Friday, July 29, 2016 5:30 PM
  • Hi Ajgor64,

    You can find the comparison between the different Visual Studio Express editions for VS2013 at Visual Studio Express   (This is also apply to VS2015 Express)

    In addition, as said by Chuck Walbourn . We suggest you'd better use  VS2015 Community, it's a free version of Visual Studio and with fully-featured. You can download it in the side below:

    https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-community-vs.aspx

    Best Regards,

    Lake Xiao


    Monday, August 01, 2016 3:10 AM
    Moderator