Microsoft Releases Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions for Download

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.