Monday, November 12, 2012

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Desktop

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Desktop


Microsoft decided to make programming more accessible than ever. With the new Visual Studio Express 2012 software, it will replace all previous express editions (Visual Basic, C#, C++. You could code with your favorite language and finally start learning a new one.

This software version is more complete with Windows Forms and win32 capabilities. What is best is that you could start developing Windows 8 applications and take advantage of and IntelliSense more powerful.

What is most interesting is the Team Foundation Server. With this tool, you could finally work as a professional with free software. The Team Foundation Server is in other word a Microsoft Life Cycle project management. With a tools a like this, you could easily save your project and sub-project. You could easily undo the mistake even if you saved your files. Work in team or share your code between specific individual will be easily a simple. Control and versioning is key for fast and efficient programming. That is quality.

Minimum requirement

Base with the information from Microsoft, the minimum requirement are:

Supported operating systems


  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)


Supported architectures

  • 32-bit (x86)
  • 64-bit (x64)


Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 100 MB of available hard disk space (language pack)
  • 5400 RPM hard disk drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution



I decided to download and test Visual Studio Express 2012 for Desktop on my old Windows Vista and evaluate it. I could say I am pretty excited because it is close the Visual Studio 2010 Professional.

Here are the specifications of my old computer:

Test Computer specifications

  • Acer Aspire T180
  • AMD Athlon 64 3800+ (1 core processor)
  • 4 Go of RAM (Max Available is 3 Go)
  • 26 Go free space on my hard drive.
  • Windows Vista 32 bits Home Edition Service Pack 2
  • ATI Radeon HD 2400 Pro

Is important to keep in mind that the Express Edition is for personal use and it can’t be use for commercial use.

In other words, you could develop anything from the Express Editions event if you work for a company but you or your company can’t sell it or try to make profit with it.

Beside, if you want to sell or make money fro your code, you should always make the best of your with the best tools available.

You can’t permit your program to stop working if you client start using newer technologies, mobile, pad, laptop, desktop with Windows 7 or Windows 8 for desktop or for mobile.






Here is the link :

But if you are looking for something more complete, don’t hesitate and get the 2012 editions. It is an investment and a useful tool.


Buy Visual Studio Professional with MSDN 2012 from Amazon, cheapest you could find.




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