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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  • also add a upgrade option from previous version of VS  with downloading  a ISO or setup or trough Windows Update...

  • Many thanks for listening you you customers.

    As much as I use full VS version this is very good news for windows developers in general.

    It says both that the VS team is listening and that the desktop is not being abandoned.

  • this is good news

  • When and where will it be available.  I would like to start to learn how to develop programs for Windows 8 and Excel 2010.  Contact me

  • This is great news!! Thanks for listening to your developers once again!

    I do not really understand why Metro and Desktop development will need separate versions. But it is great to hear that desktop development will still be an option for the countless independend / open source developers around.

  • Watching these U turns and thrashing of strategy reminds me of the fall of IBM and rise of Microsoft. Windows 8 will be a huge flop, developers will leave in droves. Microsoft will wither and die.......

  • Thank you.

  • Berrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

  • Will this new desktop product be supported in Windows 7? That's a big consideration for academic institutions committed to Windows 7 and not planning to immediately switch to Windows 8.

  • Can Microsoft please stop wasting all the goodwill you earned from Xbox 360 (despite the hardware issues) and Windows 7 on trying to shove junk like Bing, and Metro/WP7 down our throats? For example, take Bing Desktop out of Windows update and Bing Toolbar (or whatever) out of the DirectX installer!!

  • At least the VS team is listening to customer/consumer feedback.  Someone on your team needs to convince the Windows team to do the same.

  • Wow Finally Visual Studio back to business!

  • Great news about Visual Studio Express Edition for developers.

  • obrigado!


  • Good Good Good News!!!

    Thank you Visual Studio Engineering Team!!!

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