Visual Studio Professional 2008


  • Visual Studio 2008 was the first application to feature a visual designer for the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) with snap lines and event tabs that enable RAD-style development. It also supported developers targeting the 2007 Microsoft Office System with designers for both Outlook and the Fluent menu.
  • Visual Studio 2005 helped developers in teams of any size increase collaboration and reduce development complexity.
  • Visual Studio .NET 2002 and Visual Studio .NET 2003. For the first time an individual developer could write an application in the language of their choosing while taking advantage of a common set of tools including designers, drag and drop controls, and IntelliSense. Along with the increase of individual developer productivity was an increase in the size and complexity of development projects and teams.
  • Visual Studio in 1997 featured separate IDEs (that required their own installation) for Visual C++, Visual Basic, J++, and a tool known as InterDev. Visual Studio 6.0 was a dramatic improvement that marked the birth of Visual Basic 6 and embodied the idea of a set of unified services across all languages.

Additional Resources

ArticlesOverview of Visual Studio 2008 (Whitepaper)
This white paper provides an overview of Visual Studio 2008 and how it delivers key advances in the following areas:
  • Improve Developer Productivity
  • Manage the Application Life Cycle
  • Employ the Latest Technologies
DevelopmentImprove Productivity
Visual Studio 2008 enables the developers to solve complex business problems while reducing the total cost of development.
CodeBuild Next Generation Applications
Visual Studio 2008 provides tools that speed creation of software and services on the latest platforms, including the Web, Windows Vista, Office 2007, SQL Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008.
PeopleWork Collaboratively
Visual Studio 2008 features expanded and improved offerings for software development teams, including tools for database professionals and greater collaboration between development organizations and graphic designers.

source MSDN