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Visual Studio Version for Vortex Essentials

I'm a bit confused about the different Vortex Studio versions, particularly with respect to the Vortex Essentials. Would anybody please be so kind to tell me which of the downloadable versions correspond to the Vortex Essentials? Does the 2018b version run with an Essentials license, or is it only the 2017a?

Related to that, is there any information about the supported Visual Studio compiler for these versions? Or are all versions compatible with the latest (2017) Microsoft Visual Studio?

Thanks for your help!

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The Vortex Studio installer is generic – functionalities will be unlocked depending on the license type (Essentials, Solo, Team, or Academic). So yes, Vortex Studio 2018b is available under the Essentials edition license. 


Version 2018a and earlier of Vortex Studio supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (VC10) only.


Since release 2018b, Vortex Studio supports Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 (VC14) only. To facilitate transition for commercial users, legacy Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 (VC10) installers will be available on demand to owners of valid Solo or Team license via Support, until the end of 2018.

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