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Hi, I want to develop an enterprise application for a customer which requires creating Console Application and Webservice. Can I use the free edition of Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2008 to create both the applications ? Do I need to buy license for the software if it is deployed on production ?


Yes you can use the express edition to create a web service and a console application.
No, AFAIK, you don't need any licenses with a deployment (hopefully someone else will correct me if I'm wrong here).
I believe Abhinav is correct, but the standard edition of Visual Studio 2008 has everything you need and is only about $150 (last I checked). The only thing it doesn't have is remote debugging, which is ok for most applications (and you can always add on file traces to make up for that). Buying the standard versus using the Express edition allows you the ability to use MFC/ATL and all debugging capabilities (minus remote).

I believe they stopped making the "standard" edition for Studio 2010 which is a real shame, but upgrading from 2008 standard to 2010 professional is only about half the price of a new license.
One word of note - the Express and Standard editions do NOT include the templates necessary to create a windows service. This is a minor inconvenience since the info on creating a Windows Service is easily found by a simple google search, but your should be aware, nonetheless.

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