Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions for Download

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2009-10-22 Print this article Print

Microsoft has made beta 2 of its Visual Studio 2010 Express versions available for download.

Microsoft has made its Visual Studio 2010 Express versions available for download.

The software giant made beta 2 of the Visual Studio 2010 Express editions available for download on Oct. 21.

According to Microsoft: "The Visual Studio 2010 Express Beta 2 offers you an exciting experience with the new integrated development environment, a new editor built in Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and support for the new .NET Framework 4."

In a blog post, Noah Coad, Microsoft Visual Studio program manager, said, "The Visual Studio Express products are a set of development tools geared towards helping developers unleash their creativity while learning to develop Windows and Web applications. They offer an easy-to-acquire and easy-to-learn experience in a simple package and they are free!"

The available versions of the Visual Studio Express family that are now available include Visual Web Developer 2010 Express, Visual Basic 2010 Express, Visual C# 2010 Express and Visual C++ 2010 Express.

Moreover, product enhancements to the Visual Studio Express 2010 product family include:

??Ç         Visual Studio 2010 Express supports the new .NET Framework 4.

??Ç         Visual Studio 2010 Express SKUs have a new integrated development environment including a new Windows Presentation Framework code editor.

??Ç         In this new release, Visual Studio 2010 Express gains multi-monitor support as well as part of the new IDE.

??Ç         Unique to Visual Studio 2010 Express is a new streamlined user experience that focuses on the most common commands by hiding some of the more advanced menus and toolbars. These are easily accessible by users via the Tools/Settings menu.

Daniel Fernandez, a Microsoft developer evangelist, said the betas expire June 30, 2010. 

Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.

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