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Visual Studio 2012 Express confirmed for desktop developers

A few weeks ago, Microsoft announced that it would offer Visual Studio 2012 Express for software developers. However, the Express products were limited to Windows 8 Metro apps along with one for Windows Phone apps and one for web development. At the time, Microsoft said it would not offer a version of the free software for desktop app makers. This decision angered a lot of software developers.

Today, Microsoft has announced it has reversed that decision and will in fact release a desktop app version of Visual Studio 2012 Express after all. In a post on the Visual Studio blog, Microsoft stated:

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.

The blog added that Visual Studio 2012 Express for the desktop will be a great learning tool for students and will also serve as a way for open source applications to be ported to earlier and current versions of Windows. The desktop port of Visual Studio 2012 Express will be released in the fall.

Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2012 RC

Visual Studio Professional 2012 RC can help you create applications that have innovative user experiences that delight your customers. The integrated environment helps make complex tasks easier so that you can focus on achieving your goals.

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Microsoft’s Visual Studio now has Achievements

Achievements are the only thing you need to keep a gamer striving towards their next goal. The premise of a few more virtual points for their effort seems to be enough to drive people to do much more. Channel 9 have realised this, and as WPCentral are reporting, are gleefully making the most of the opportunity, with their own achievement system.

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Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2

Microsoft® Visual Studio® LightSwitch™ Beta 2 gives you a simpler and faster way to create professional-quality business applications for the desktop, the web, and the cloud. Beta 2 includes performance updates, improved publishing to Windows Azure and SQL Azure and support for custom data source queries.

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Microsoft releases Visual Studio SP1

Microsoft is releasing the first service pack for Visual studio 2010 this week, according to ZDnet. Starting today, MSDN subscribers will get access to the update and the general public will get access on March 10. Visual Studio SP1, which has been in beta since December 2010, includes improvements to developing in Silverlight 3 and 4, as well additional features that support Windows 7 based MFC (Microsoft Foundation Class) interfaces usable for Direct2D, DirectWrite, and Windows Animation. Microsoft also promises numerous bug fixes and overall improvements to responsiveness, stability, and performance.

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First service pack beta for Visual Studio 2010 now downloadable

Microsoft is making available this week a first beta of its Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack (SP) 1 release.

On December 7, Microsoft opened the download to subscribers to its Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN) service. The general public will be able to get the SP1 beta on December 9. The beta includes a “go live” license, meaning Microsoft endorses use of the SP1 beta in production environments.

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Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 SP1 Beta 1

Download the beta version of Microsoft Visual Studio Team Explorer Everywhere 2010 SP1, the Eclipse plug-in and cross-platform command-line client for Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server. This beta version of Team Explorer Everywhere can also function as a 90 day evaluation of the product. See Instructions below for further details.

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Microsoft XNA Game Studio 4.0

XNA Game Studio 4.0 is a programming environment that allows you to use Visual Studio 2010 to create games for Windows Phone, the Xbox 360 console, and Windows-based computers. XNA Game Studio 4.0 includes the XNA Framework 4.0, which is a set of managed libraries designed for game development based on Microsoft .NET Framework 4.

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Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 now on MSDN

Yesterday, Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 1 was made available to all MSDN subscribers. LightSwitch as announced at VSLive! earlier this month and is a new edition of Visual Studio.

With LightSwitch, is a rapid application development tool that allows you create line-of-business or departmental-type .NET applications connecting to data hosted in SharePoint, SQL Server, SQL Azure, or anywhere else information is stored.

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Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch

LightSwitch is the simplest way to build business applications for the cloud and the desktop.

Today, businesses move at the speed of light even as people balance the responsibility of more than one role within their organizations. As this shift becomes more pronounced, it’s become clear that a broader set of developers is building business applications and really expects a much simpler way to quickly accomplish their goals… and with this observation, a light went on and LightSwitch was born.

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Microsoft Announces Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3

The Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R3 (Microsoft RDS) is a Windows-based environment for academic, hobbyist, and commercial developers to easily create robotics applications across a wide variety of hardware. All previous editions of Microsoft RDS 2008 R2 (Express, Standard and Academic) have been combined into one new version, RDS 2008 R3 and can be downloaded at no charge.

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Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions released!

Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions are released to the web!  What is even better is they are free!  There are currently 4 Visual Studio editions.

  • Visual Basic 2010
  • Visual C# 2010
  • Visual C++ 2010
  • Visual Web Developer 2010

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Visual Studio 2010 Released

The latest edition of Visual Studio, the premier developer tool suite form Microsoft, launched today.

MSDN Subscribers may download the product from the MSDN subscription site.

Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate

The Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 was made available for download for MSDN subscribers yesterday (Feb 8). It will be made available to the public from the VS 2010 site on Feb 10th.

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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Launch Date is Monday 12th April

Which is fantastic news. I’m really looking forward to it especially as the UK team are planning to put on a great week for UK developers with the help of the fantastic UK community. More details to follow.

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