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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  • can i use this .net technology over the devices such as blue ray DVD player , inside car devices  or other new devices.

  • Why do you charge a price for Visual Studio at all?  Didn't Steve Ballmer say he wanted to give it away to get the developers to come?

  • When it will be released?

  • You took a mistake and now you fixed it.Thanks for fixing it.I have always coded with VS Express , even with the pressure of my friends who works with linux and g++. I just wanted to warn you : Don't LOSE your customers.Some Microsoft policies are too economic , that will distract users.Can you please put all of the express versions into one IDE?And can you please add class diagram feature to express?

  • Where can I downlaod the Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Laptop?

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  • Joe, "Removing the ability to build desktop applications from Express was stupid to begin with." What do you mean by that? This Express version of VS2012 allows you to be able to use C++, C#, or Visual Basic to create "Windows desktop and console applications", can't you read?

  • Penna, try reading the article you commented on, specifically the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs.

  • Nice turn-around. Thank you MS.

    Now can you do the same turn-around to allow my desktop PC Windows 8 to useable again? Have a start button and give me a way of switching off those annoying 'charms' (misnomer if ever there was one). In other words can I have a useful OS for a Desktop machine back again please? Or a SIMPLE way of reverting back to Win 7. I'm getting quite bored stripping out the cr-app from Win Hate to make it work in a vaguely useable fashion (and to lighten it's footprint). A useful place to start (though you may have to mess with permissions for Win Hate to let you change things on YOUR PC) is C:\Program Files\WindowsApps - for those looking to remove the several Gb's of rubbish you'll probably never use - I just removed all the Bing apps like Travel, News, Sport and recovered 1.5 Gb, which considering that all these apps are, are front-ends for web-services... this is a HUGE amount! 150Mbs maybe, but 1.5Gb WTF!!!!).

    Anyway, off on a ramble there sorry! Basically, thanks for the change of policy, now how about extending it to the other f#ck ups that MS have made (Windows Hate)

  • Ok, how do I edit or delete a comments content? I've just re-read my former post and much of it is unjustified.

    Windows 8 seems to actually be very good under the hood, It may be faster, but it definitely doesn't feel any slower. I personally tried to use the Start menu that came shipped with it for about 6 months, but as soon as I'd given it that time I was eager and grateful to get back to 'desktop mode' with the help of Classic Shell. Even after 6 months of non-use I still felt like I 'flowed' much better than with the shipped Start menu.

    Everything else (apart from IE10 and a nasty insistence of Adobe Reader opening in a very cut-down version of itself in the Metro style) worked pretty well, including most of the applications from my Win 7 it replaced.

    SO, Microsoft I thank you for your turn-around on this issue. The desktop deserves a reprieve and this new policy grants it one I feel. I am grateful. I would also suggest that developers at Microsoft push for a dual-mode OS based on the user's choice at that moment, as they have partly done with Win 8, but they should go the whole-hog and bring back the start menu for the desktop - it loses so much of it's power without it - and have an even easier 'switch' interface than the one currently employed to switch between the new Start mode and a Desktop mode (met Start button). Apart from then catering to those whom are used to a particular interface and will find it difficult to learn anew, you'll also then have TWO interfaces to code for. Personally I'd love to see about 10 different interfaces and have the ability to flick between them really quickly,,,but heh that's me, but allowing these versions of VS to be used to code for both is a great step in keeping the two I've already got alive.

    p.s. I think it's the 'clunkiness' of Win 8's Start environment I don't like and (nothing against the more aged amongst us), but I'm NOT 80yrs of age or require glasses... I think allowing the user to alter the padding and margins and size and location (I don't want all my menu items floating to the top... I want some at the bottom - why give up this dimension??) easily (and individually would also be nice lol). Thanks again for this though :-)

  • like that gan,,,,

  • Thanks guys, this is a real treat to get this product for free. I am a student and working to get my degree in General Technology. Part of the requirement is to learn a programming language. This will help me achieve my goal of learning Visual Basic. Doing both classroom and self learning right now. Thanks again ...

  • Great

  • hi,

    I want to visualize in DataGringView, my access table but I don't know the code to connect vb 2012 to access 2010 can u help me?please

  • can anyone confirm that if i install this program it WON'T be in czech language automatically 'cus my Windows version is a czech one? i need it in english... tnx...

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