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    Visual C++ General: Questions about the Express Edition

    Q: Can I write VC++ applications with Visual C++ Express Edition?
    A: Yes, you can develop C++ application, both native and managed, but not MFC or ATL applications. These are only supported in the other VC++ editions. You can use it to can create are Windows Forms, console and class library. For web development you should use Visual Web Developer Express Edition.


    Q: What features doesn't it include?
    A: Among the missing features are:
    • 64-bit x64 compiler and cross-compiler
    • CRT debug library and CRT source code
    • ATL and ATL server
    • MFC
    • OpenMP
    • Tools: MASM, Sply++, ErrLook, ATLTrace
    • Profile guide optimization
    • Data designer, Resource editor

    A full comparison of the Express, Standard, Professional and Team System editions can be found in MSDN.


    Q: Is the Express Edition actually free?
    A: Yes, since April 19, 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions are free permanently.


    Q: I created a console application with VC++ Express but I cannot include windows.h; why?
    A: Platform SDK does not come with the VC++ Express. You have to download and install it separately. You can find guidelines here about how to do that here.


    Q: Where can I learn more about the VC++ Express?
    A: For quick questions, you can check product FAQ. For the VC++ Express features, see this page.
    Last edited by cilu; July 6th, 2007 at 07:54 AM.
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