Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop

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With Visual Studio 2012, we strive to provide the best development experience across all Microsoft platforms. This includes enabling developers to bring to life the richness of Windows desktop applications - whether you are learning to build your first app or whether you’ve been developing on Microsoft platforms for many years.

A few weeks ago, we shared our plans for the Express editions of Visual Studio 2012. As we've worked to deliver the best experience with Visual Studio for our platforms with Windows 8, Windows Phone, and for Web and Windows Azure, we heard from our community that developers want to have for Windows desktop development the same great experience and access to the latest Visual Studio 2012 features at the Express level.

Today, I’m happy to announce that we will add Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop to the Visual Studio 2012 family. This will bring to the Visual Studio Express family significant new capabilities that we’ve made available in Visual Studio 2012 for building great desktop applications.

Adhering to the core principles we’ve set for our Express products, Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop will provide a simple, end-to-end development experience for developing Windows desktop applications targeted to run on all versions of Windows supported by Visual Studio 2012. With this new Express edition, developers will be able to use C++, C#, or Visual Basic to create Windows desktop and console applications.  Developers will also get access to new advances available across the Express family in Visual Studio 2012, such as the latest compilers and programming language tools, integrated unit testing, and the ability for small development teams to collaborate via Team Explorer and TFS Express.

Planned for release in the fall, Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop will provide a great learning environment for students and other new developers getting started.  It will enable a friction-free solution for existing developers to bring their desktop apps forward with the latest toolsets.  And it will enable developers working on open source applications to target existing and previous versions of Windows.

Desktop development has always been a core part of Windows. With Visual Studio 2012, we continue to extend those desktop development capabilities and provide a great development experience for developers building desktop applications.



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  • What version of VS2012 express is suited for the individual developer? i.e. no team, working on a single computer, and has WIN 7, possibly upgrading to WIN 8.

  • This is excellent news for hobbyists and students alike. Thanks!

  • This was definitely one of the most important decisions microsoft has ever made.

    This will allow many developers (especially open source) to continue support for microsoft compilers and the windows platform. Keep up the great work!

    I will now move back to the microsoft toolchain (I switched to gcc because of lacking c++11 support in VS2010).

  • Thanks for seeing sense. Though, the very fact you thought about crippling the compiler means that it's time I did a product review cycle. Hope VS2010 is still tighter than GCC, or you lost a dev, and bigtime evangelist.

  • Well, the RC for VS 2012 express is here, and... hmm... something's missing!

  • Although I don't use Express myself, I have a MSDN subscription at work, I am pleased that MS will continue to support the Express edition of Visual Studio.

  • I hope, that we'll really get a VS 2012 Express for Desktop.

  • I think I'll stay with Dev-Cpp

  • This is awesome.


  • horas..........

  • This is truly confusing. However, Visual Studio still needs to support XP, I say. This is simply stupid. Why keep separate thing for desktop? And why remove the development kit support for XP?

  • Come on Microsoft ! Let's make it asap, please !

  • One assumes that Microsoft's best programming language to date, F#, will not be excluded. It would be devastating if it were.

  • Is it free to use? no expirations..

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