Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2008 via MSDN

The wait is finally over and Visual Studio 2008 has been released for immediate download via MSDN Subscriber Downloads. Express editions are also available for download via Microsoft's website. "On Monday, Nov. 19, Microsoft announced that Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 were released to manufacturing (RTM). With more than 250 new features,Visual Studio 2008 includes significant enhancements in every edition, including Visual Studio Express and Visual Studio Team System. Developers of all levels – from hobbyists to enterprise development teams – now have a consistent, secure and reliable solution for developing applications for the latest platforms: the Web, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, the 2007 Office system, and beyond."

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Excellent. I've downloaded, and I was in a dilemma whether to uninstall VS2005 and then install VS2008, or to just install VS2008 with 2005 on top, wasnt sure what the procedure would be.... Anyway I decided to uninstall VS2005, it took 2hrs 30!!!! Woo!

Anyway 2008 is on my machine and I'm loving it! I had previously been using it through Virtual PC which was slooowwww.

Important for Visual SourceSafe 2005 users now getting on the Visual Studio 2008 train. :)

Download this update:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939808

We had some problems getting SourceSafe to recognize that a few check-ins had been made (it still thought they hadn't), and it works after applying that patch. It supposedly fixes some Visual Studio 2008 (and also Vista) incompatibilities in SourceSafe.

Also, pay special attention to the Installation Issues section there!

Finally, according to the instructions, one will have to uninstall this SourceSafe update when the final release is made (this update is only a Community Tech Preview).

Jugalator said,
Important for Visual SourceSafe 2005 users now getting on the Visual Studio 2008 train. :)

Download this update:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939808

We had some problems getting SourceSafe to recognize that a few check-ins had been made (it still thought they hadn't), and it works after applying that patch. It supposedly fixes some Visual Studio 2008 (and also Vista) incompatibilities in SourceSafe.

Also, pay special attention to the Installation Issues section there!

Finally, according to the instructions, one will have to uninstall this SourceSafe update when the final release is made (this update is only a Community Tech Preview).

Or you could just get a product that works... VSS is junk... it's database is horrible... used it for years and now that we switche from it to Source Gear's Vault Source Control app its like wow why did I ever use VSS and its cheaper too! free for the first user...

A sigh of relief from now seeing it that the new MFC 9 with the Visual C++ 2008 runtime libraries do NOT require Windows XP. Our compiled application still runs perfectly fine on Windows 2000 at least. Thanks for not introducing any new dependencies there! I was worried given some of our customers, and the moves to Win XP SP2+ on .NET Framework 3.0+. Of course, Win2K is getting old as crap by now, but there's a risk it's not popular to say that to our clients.

Super! The Express Editions are all available too, and for free. I've found that frankly, there's not a big difference between these and the Standard version of VS.

So, it looks like SQL Server Express 2008 isn't out yet, but VS2008 will work fine with SQL2005.

i just hope they release the Distributable for .NET Framework 3.5 so many of us developers can begin to deploy 3.5 apps and distribute the framework for offline installations.

Does anyone know if you can upgrade from the trial to the full version by entering a serial? I don't want to download the trial then re-download if I buy it due to my bandwidth limit.

MioTheGreat said,
Just waiting for those inevitable "watch 3 webcasts and get a free copy" deals :)

Too bad those deals are limited to US people.

Has anyone successfully downloaded the ISO image for the Express Editions yet? When I try it gets to 15-20% then just hangs!

Pete

Hmm, could be overloaded servers maybe. :-/

Funny, because that version (the offline installer / ISO file) is usually the one that works, and the one that have failed for me in the past being the web installer. :p

You may wish to try using a download manager that can resume lost connections easily. Try for example FlashGot if you use Firefox, for a free one, or Free Download Manager for a free standalone one working on other browsers too.

FusionOpz said,
I finished downloading the DVD image and it's only 894MB :/

Hmm, maybe it isn't larger then? Or do the install fail? I'm not so sure it's a full DVD in size, just because it's a DVD image. It could be that it's just a bit too large to fit on a CD.

Jugalator said,
Hmm, could be overloaded servers maybe. :-/

You may wish to try using a download manager that can resume lost connections easily. Try for example FlashGot if you use Firefox, for a free one, or Free Download Manager for a free standalone one working on other browsers too.

Well, I tried Download Accelerator Plus. It seems to be downloading but, first 25% came down at between 750kbps and 1000kbps but is now crawling at only 5kbps.

Pete

Jugalator said,

Hmm, maybe it isn't larger then? Or do the install fail? I'm not so sure it's a full DVD in size, just because it's a DVD image. It could be that it's just a bit too large to fit on a CD.
actually it was a flawless download and I installed all except web developer since I use aptana for that...

Damn it! I just finished installing/tweaking vs2005 on a new PC because because I thought this wasn't going to be out for at least another month then it appears in my MSDN account now. Hopefully this one will install/upgrade better than 2005.

You can just start downloading the 90-day trial of the Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite Edition if you like though. It doesn't even need an MSDN subscription.

The trial period should be enough to cover even an uninterrupted development in your case, and the trials are full featured retail versions producing projects fully compatible with the "full" versions.

I'm doing this now, but instead because of VS Pro not being released yet and our subscription not covering the full Team Suite Edition that's now RTM. 90 days should be more than enough to cover the time period until I get my hands on a non-trial version.

Nazgulled said,
Does anyone have any info on MSDNAA downloads?

Also, isn't there a Professional edition anymore?

Yeah there is a pro edition which now includes a testing suite and office edition features

Nice to finally have the release version, Beta 2 has been doing nothing on my computer for some time.