Description and comparison of Visual C++ products

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The following is a brief description of the various Visual C++ products and an overview of some of the features introduced in those products. This is not a comprehensive review of these products. Microsoft does not recommend that you use this as a buying guide; instead, we recommend contacting our Sales and Information Center at 1-800-426-9400 or Microsoft Technical Support at 425-635-7007 to answer specific questions.

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Visual C++ for Windows (16-bit Editions)
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 - Visual C++ 1.00 (Professional and Standard)

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible 386 or higher, 4 MB RAM
                        (8 recommended), VGA, 50-80 MB available hard
                        drive space, 3 1/2" disk drive or CD-ROM,
                        Microsoft-compatible mouse or pointer device.
                        This product will not run under Windows NT
                        or Windows 95. It runs only under Windows 3.1
                        and 3.11 (Windows for Work Groups).

   New Features: MFC (Microsoft Foundation Classes) Doc/View
                 Architecture, Windows hosted development environment,
                 App Studio, App and Class Wizard, MFC Tutorials.



 - Visual C++ 1.50 (includes 1.51 and 1.52)

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible 386 or higher, 4 MB RAM for
                        Windows 3.1 and 3.11 (8 recommended) or 16 MB
                        for Windows NT, 15-80 MB available hard drive
                        space,Windows compatible CD-ROM drive, VGA
                        monitor, Microsoft-compatible mouse or pointer
                        device. This product will run under Windows 95.

   New Features: OLE integration (MFC OLE classes, App and Class
                 Wizard support), OLE 2.0 SDK, MFC ODBC classes,
                 MS Query, Windows NT hosted, DBCS support, OLE
                 and ODBC MFC Tutorials, Books Online.

   Visual C++ 1.51 and 1.52: Only available with subscription service
                             with Visual C++ 2.0/1.5 suite. Version 1.52
                             includes MFC support for sockets, MAPI,OLE
                             Control Development Kit(CDK) and Property
                             pages/sheets, miscellaneous bug fixes.

   Visual C++ 1.52b: This is a stand-alone product available in a CD-ROM.
                     This product does not include the CDK. Everything
                     else is same as in 1.52. Product is called version
                     1.52.

   Visual C++ 1.52c: This product is available only with the purchase of
                     Visual C++ 4.0 in a separate CD-ROM. This product
                     includes the 16-bit version of the CDK and is called
                     version 1.52.


Visual C++ for Windows (32-bit Editions)
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 - Visual C++ 1.00

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible 386 or higher running Windows
                        NT, VGA monitor, 12 MB RAM (16 recommended),
                        Windows NT compatible CD-ROM drive, 15-80 MB
                        available hard drive space , Microsoft Mouse
                        or compatible pointing device. Please note that
                        this product will not run under Windows 95,
                        Windows 3.1, or Windows for Workgroups.

   New Features: 32-bit targets, new compiler and linker options,
                 Find in Files, Integrated Profiler, multi-threaded
                 debugging capability, Win32 Structured Exception
                 Handling, Break command in Debug menu, memory
                 window in debugger, generalized output window.

   Visual C++ 1.10: This is actually the version of the Visual
                    Workbench. However, the product is called
                    version 1.00.

 - Visual C++ 2.00 (includes 2.10 and 2.20)

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible 386 or higher (486
                        recommended) running Windows NT 3.5 or later
                        version , VGA monitor (SVGA recommended),16 MB
                        RAM (20 recommended), Windows NT compatible CD-ROM
                        drive, 20-80 MB available hard drive space ,
                        Microsoft Mouse or other pointing device.
                        This product will not run under Windows 3.1
                        or Windows for Workgroups. This product will
                        run under Windows 95.

   New Features: Templates, exception handling, projects integrated
                 into File menu, Macintosh cross-compiler add-on
                 kit, OLE Control Development Kit, new linker format,
                 new compiler and linker options, incremental link.
                 ODBC support added.

   Visual C++ 2.10 and 2.20: Only available with Visual C++
                             subscription service. Versions included
                             Windows 95 common control support and
                             improved samples, also updated header
                             files for Windows NT 3.51/Windows 95,
                             as well as bug fix information. Simple
                             MAPI and Windows Socket support. See
                             articles Q135389 and Q126110 for bug fix
                             information.

 - Visual C++ 4.00

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible 486 or higher running
                        Windows NT 3.51 or Windows 95, VGA
                        monitor (SVGA recommended), 16 MB RAM (20
                        recommended), Windows NT compatible CD-ROM
                        drive, 20-100 MB available hard drive space.
                        This product will not run under Windows 3.1
                        or Windows for Workgroups and NT 3.5.

   New Features: Component Gallery, custom AppWizard projects,
                 improved project viewing (ClassView, FileView),
                 incremental compiler, minimal rebuild, MFC Data
                 Access Objects (DAO), namespace, standard template
                 library support, RTTI, integration with Microsoft
                 Test and other development tools.

 - Visual C++ 5.0

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible 486 or higher running
                        Windows NT 4.0 or Windows 95, VGA
                        monitor (SVGA recommended), 20 MB RAM (32MB
                        recommended) for Windows 95, 24MB RAM (32MB
                        recommended) for Windows NT, Windows NT
                        compatible CD-ROM drive, Windows 95 protected-
                        mode CD-ROM drivers, 60-550 MB available
                        hard drive space. This product will not run
                        under Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups
                        and Windows NT 3.51 and earlier.

   New Features: Compiler support for COM, MFC support for Active
                 Documents, Asynchronous URL monikers, and Win32
                 Internet API, ActiveX Template Library, Standard
                 C++ Library, improved performance of some C Runtime
                 math functions, Wizard to add non-MFC classes,
                 scripting and automation of Developer Studio.

 - Visual C++ 6.0

   System Requirements: IBM Compatible PC with a Pentium class
                        processor (90 Mhz or higher recommended); running
                        Windows NT 4.0 SP3 or later, or Windows 95 or
                        Windows 98. VGA monitor (SVGA recommended).
                        24 MB RAM (32MB recommended). Windows NT
                        compatible CD-ROM drive, Windows 95 protected-
                        mode CD-ROM drivers. 290-375 MB available
                        hard drive space. This product will not run
                        under Windows 3.1 or Windows for Workgroups
                        and Windows NT 4.0 SP2 and earlier.

   New Features: Edit and Continue, Statement Completion,
                 Delay Load Imports, Dynamic Updating of ClassView,
                 Multiple Monitor support, Active Document Containment,
                 Composite Controls support, Dynamic HTML support,
                 OLEDB Consumer and Provider Templates,
                 Oracle Support in Data Tools.
				

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Article ID: 145669 - Last Review: February 24, 2006 - Revision: 3.1
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 1.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 1.5 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 1.51
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 1.52 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 1.52 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 1.52 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2.1
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 2.2
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual C++, 32-bit Learning Edition 6.0
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