Last update: May 7th, 2016

Microsoft’s marketing department often names its products in names that don’t reveal anything about their “real” version numbers. Recently it’s mainly years, like “Visual Studio 2015” but it could be numbers which don’t correspond to the products’ internal version numbers.

As a developer, you often really want to know what the internal version of a product is. For instance, you want to understand whether a version is a minor release to an internally identical core or a new major release.

This information, apparently, is scattered around the Internet, mostly in separate sources of data and not as one comprehensive source. This is not always the case, but it is most of the time.

I’ve compiled several unified lists of several of Microsoft’s lines of products that are relevant for developers – the most prominent ones: Windows, Visual Studio, .NET, SQL Server.

If you find any mistake or have an update, I strongly encourage you to update me and I’ll update this list so it will be relevant for the long-term of course, and not serve as a one-time-but-irrelevant-as-time-goes blog post.

Windows

Known Name Version Latest Build / Service Pack
Windows 2000 5.0 Build 2195: Service Pack 4
Windows XP 5.1 Build 2600: Service Pack 3
Windows Server 2003
Windows Server 2003 R2
5.2 Build 3790: Service Pack 2
Windows Vista 6.0 Build 6002; Service Pack 2
Windows Server 2008 6.0 Build 6002: Service Pack 2
Windows 7 6.1 Build 7601; Service Pack 1
Windows Server 2008 R2 6.1 Build 7601: Service Pack 1
Windows 8 6.2 Build 9200
Windows Server 2012 R2 6.3 Build 9600
Windows 8.1 6.3 Build 9600; 8.1 with Update
Windows 10 10.0 Build 10586 (10.0.14393.51)

SQL Server

Known Name Version Latest KB / Revision
SQL Server 2000 8.0 8.00.2305
983811
MS12-060
SQL Server 2005 SP4 9.0 9.00.5324
2716427
MS12-070
SQL Server 2008 SP4 10.0 10.00.6526
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 10.0 Management Studio: 10.50.6525
An on-demand hotfix update package
SQL Server 2008 R2 SP3 10.0 Database Engine Services: 10.51.2500.0
SQL Server 2012 SP2 11.0 11.0.6020.0
SP3 CU #2
November 21, 2015
SQL Server 2014 SP1 12.0 12.0.4457.0
SP1 CU #6
SQL Server 2016 RC 3 13.0 13.0.1400.361
SQLocalDB 11 11.0 Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (11.0.5058.0)
SQLocalDB 12 12.0 Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (12.0.2000.8)
SQL Compact Edition Lots of versions Comprehensive list here

Visual Studio

Known Name Version Latest KB / Revision
Visual Studio 6 6.0 Service Pack 6; 6.0.3790.0; VB6.0-KB290887-X86.exe
Visual Studio .NET (2002) 7.0 Service Pack 1; KB837234
Visual Studio 2003 7.1 Service Pack 1; KB918007
Visual Studio 2005 8.0 Service Pack 1; KB932232
Visual Studio 2008 9.0 Service Pack 1 Update; KB974479; 9.00.30729.1 SP
Visual Studio 2010 10.0 Service Pack 1; KB983509; 10.0.40219.1 SP1Rel
Visual Studio 2012 11.0 11.0.61030.00 Update 4
Visual Studio 2013 12.0 2013 Update 5 (2013.5); 12.0.40629.00
Visual Studio 2015 14.0 14.0.24720.00 Update 1

.NET

Very dynamic, and now contains multiple modules such as .NET Core, .NET Native, .NET Framework, .NET Compiler Platform and more.

The latest release .NET Framework version (basically before the above partitioning introduced in what’s still called vNext) is Microsoft .NET Framework 4.6.1 which its latest downloadable is can be fetched here.

At this stage I prefer to link to this quite comprehensive and Wikipedia-maintained up-to-date list of .NET versions.

Microsoft Developer Products Version & Release Numbers
  • Bookmarked! SQL Server is especially one I always have to go looking for.

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