Comparison Chart: New Project Types Visual Studio 11 vs. Visual Studio 10

Your guide to which new project types are available in Visual Studio 11, Visual Studio 10 and both versions.

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Grid Application




Split Application




Class Library




Unit Test Library




Blank Application




Fixed-Layout Application




Grid Application




Navigation Application




Split Application

Visual Basic/C#

Windows Forms Application


Portable Class Library


WPF Application




Console Application




Class Library




Test Project




WCF Services Library




WCF Services Application




WCF Workflow Services Application




Syndication Service Library




Activity Designer Library




Activity Library




Workflow Console Application



Windows Azure

Install/Enable Windows Azure Tools




WPF Browser Application




Empty Project




Windows Service




WPF Custom Control Library




WPF User Control Library




Windows Forms Control Library




ASP.NET Web Application




ASP.NET Empty Web Application

ASP.NET MVC 2 Empty Web App



ASP.NET Dynamic Data Entities Web App

WCF REST Service App



ASP.NET Dynamic Data LINQ to SQL Web App




ASP.NET AJAX Server Control




ASP.NET AJAX Server Control Extender




ASP.NET Server Control




Excel 2010 Add-in

Excel 2007 Template



Excel 2010 Template

Excel 2007 Workbook



Excel 2010 Workbook

InfoPath 2007 Add-in



InfoPath 2010 Add-in

Outlook 2007 Add-in



Outlook 2010 Add-in

PowerPoint 2007 Add-in



PowerPoint 2010 Add-in

Project 2007 Add-in



Project 2010 Add-in

Visio 2007 Add-in



Visio 2010 Add-in

Word 2007 Add-in



Word 2010 Add-in

Word 2007 Document



Word 2010 Document

Word 2007 Template



Word 2010 Template




Reports Application

Crystal Reports Application



SharePoint 2010 Project

All SharePoint 2007 Support



SharePoint 2010 Silverlight Web Part

SharePoint 2007 Seq. Workflow



SharePoint 2010 Visual Web Part

SharePoint 2007 State Machine



Import SharePoint 2010 Solution Package

Empty SharePoint Project



Import Reusable SharePoint 2010 Workflow

Visual Web Part




Sequential Workflow




State Machine Workflow




Business Data Connectivity




Event Receiver




Content Type








Site Definition



Silverlight Application

WCF RIA Services Class Library



Silverlight Class Library

Silverlight Business Application



Silverlight Navigation Application



SQL Server

SQL Server Database Project

All Remaining SQL Server Projects


Visual F#

F# Application

F# Silverlight Library



F# Library




F# Tutorial



Visual C++

Win32 Console Application




MFC Application




Win32 Project




Empty Project




Native Unit Test Project




Active Template Library (ATL) Project








Windows Forms Application




CLR Console Application




CLR Empty Project




Class Library




Custom Wizard




Makefile Project




Managed Test Project




MFC ActiveX Control




Windows Forms Control Library



Modeling Projects

Modeling Project



Visual Studio Solutions

Blank Solution




Visual Studio Add-in

Shared Add-in

Visual Studio Shell Isolated




Visual Studio Package




C# Item Template




C# Project Template




Editor Classifier




Editor Margin




Editor Text Adornment




Editor Viewport Adornment




VSIX Project




Windows Forms Toolbox Control




WPF Toolbox Control

About the Author

Mark Michaelis ( is the founder of IntelliTect and serves as the Chief Technical Architect and Trainer. Since 1996, he has been a Microsoft MVP for C#, Visual Studio Team System, and the Windows SDK and in 2007 he was recognized as a Microsoft Regional Director. He also serves on several Microsoft software design review teams, including C#, the Connected Systems Division, and VSTS. Mark speaks at developer conferences and has written numerous articles and books - Essential C# 5.0 is his most recent. Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Illinois and a Masters in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology. When not bonding with his computer, Mark is busy with his family or training for another triathlon (having completed the Ironman in 2008). Mark lives in Spokane, Washington, with his wife Elisabeth and three children, Benjamin, Hanna and Abigail.