Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8

Microsoft announced Windows 8, one of the most revolutionary operating systems earlier this year. Most of the PC manufacturers have started shipping PCs, Laptops, and Tablets loaded with Windows 8 on Oct 26, 2012.

Windows 8 Apps also knows as Windows Store apps (formerly Metro Style apps) are a totally different way we build Windows applications today. You may learn how to start building your  Windows 8 apps here >

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 allows developers to build Windows 8 apps that can be deployed to the Windows Store and downloaded by Windows 8 users.

Microsoft Visual Studio 2012 Express editions are free editions of Visual Studio 2012 with full features to build applications.

Express 2012 editions come in 5 flavors

  • Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web
  • Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8
  • Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop
  • Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone
  • Visual Studio Express 2012 Team Foundation Server

If you have Visual Studio 2012 Professional, Premium or Ultimate installed on the computer, the Visual Studio Express for Web shortcut won't appear. Instead, start your Visual Studio instance as usual and then create Windows Phone SDK 8.0 projects using the installed Windows Phone templates.

System Requirements

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 is supported on Windows 8 Professional or higher, both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems. You must have a 1.6 GHz or faster processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of available hard disk space.

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8

Windows 8 apps can be build using two different technologies. First, using XAML and C#/VB.NET/C++ and the second, HTML 5, CSS and JavaScript.

Design your app in Visual Studio or take advantage of Blend for Visual Studio 2012. Blend for Visual Studio 2012 includes new, powerful, design-centric tools for XAML and HTML5. When Blend and Visual Studio are used simultaneously changes in one tool is recognized in the other, ensuring that you are in sync with the latest version.

New designers make building Windows 8 apps easier and faster than ever. Design your app in your preferred way. Edit your XAML code directly while taking advantage of IntelliTrace to move quickly. Or take advantage of design surfaces giving you a visual design surface with device properties showing you how your app will look on different form factors.

Download

You may download Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 here:

Download Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web >

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