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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  • Thats nice, but please merge the Metro and Desktop Development Tools into one single Express Product like it always was in the past. Seperating them is simply the wrongest approach MS could ever do!!!

  • Microsoft you need to stop being shills to your marketing/advertising people. Just for once use some common sense. You've been splitting up your OS into to too many pieces for years because of their stupidity. Now you pull of this foolishness with VS studio. You only change it this time because so many people are being vocal about it. Think man think.

  • Why no F# ?

    Language is trying to gain populartiy but it does not even have a free compiler ?!

  • When is the reversal on XP?

  • Great news, thank you so much!

  • Thank you! :)

  • Good decision.

  • Very good news . Thank you VS team !

  • Guys, I would like to hear why a few of you are so interested in XP support.   We need to shed that old outdated stuff, and as intelligent developers and engineers, please don't use the unintelligent propaganda that the system is somehow 'better'.   As developers we should do our best toward getting our users to upgrade.  Lets point out the technology and features that are missing --the features WE cannot offer because, not to but too fine a point on it --they are using almost a prehistoric OS.  WE should be planning the future, no dooming our loyal to the past.

    I would strongly suggest that we add pesky messages in all of our apps to remind people what added functionality is available in the newer OS's that cannot be offered in XP.  That way, we will keep pressing our users to where we ultimately need them to be, but doing so with a nudge, instead of a hammer over their heads.

    That's the way I see it.

    What do you guys think?



  • You heard the community, that's just great. One version for Windows Phone, one for Azure, one for the web, one for Metro, one for the desktop. Exactly what we were expected.

    Thank you Microsoft, this is a good decision.

  • You make my day.

  • yay!!!

  • The desktop is not dead. Than you for reversing the previous, ill made decision.

    Why is it that the Windows guys can't give us the desktop mode as we have it in Win7 and stop trying to get us to switch to Metro?

    It is really angering many of us, and companies that we work with. To me, you guys in the developer division @ MS really are more in tune with developers than the people in Windows.

    Please telegraph people in Windows the message that, though they think they know best, they risk developer alienation.

  • look inside your company, the express product line , is no use

    we have to have a special permission from microsoft to publish a desktop app or game from your app store

    yet you will not be hosting the app and handle payment ethere

    and you will only provide a link

    it is not wort it all

    we have to host the app or game our self and handle payment our self

    so why shood we submit an app to you,,

    well we all know you have lockdown freedom from developer

    no more developerment for windows


  • I hope, the announced new WIX 3.7 (?) Version will be included in VS2012, and hopefully also in VSExpress in a usable way. My business is the good old Access DB runtime. A suitable setup and a proper registry cleanup for me is the almost only reason to pay once again for the prof version. Why Access is no more suitable supported for profit oriented developers? (there was a three month gap, wasn't it?) Or a good, simple and save database with the MS branding? Object oriented is not a clean way of production - for me. And looking for the apple marketing success is money only, but you have a development platform. And a system is successful with applications and - yes success of developers. But do you know lots of app developers who earn a good living? You have a good living, because your dev software is so expensive. I will only pay for it if it suits my needs. OK, I am european an ex apple. long time ago. From here, the border of the alps, I can see the snow covering the rocks. But I remember april, even if it comes on fall. Success, from europe.

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