Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Web

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 Web is supported on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows 8 Professional or higher, 64-bit operating systems only. 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 Web

Visual Studio 2012 Express for Web extends Visual Studio capabilities to the Web standards exist to help ensure that web applications look and work correctly regardless of the browser used. HTML, CSS, and ECMA scripts are the standards for developing cross-platform web sites.

Visual Studio 2012 includes full IntelliSense support for HTML5 making it easier to develop conforming web sites. In addition, the code editor has new productivity features that simplify web development. The CSS editor in Visual Studio 2012 has been updated to support the latest CSS3 standard and incorporates full IntelliSense.

Visual Studio 2012 also provides support for script loaders that can improve page performance and reduce the complexity of developing a site that contains many JavaScript files. Developers simply select which JavaScript files they are using, and Visual Studio provides full IntelliSense support regardless of whether the file is loaded by using a master/layout page or a script loader.

Visual Studio 2012 includes a new tool, the Page Inspector, to simplify debugging. By using the Page Inspector, developers can make live changes to the DOM and edit CSS rules, and when they achieve the desired result they can easily copy these changes to the source file. The Page Inspector also enables developers to reverse engineer—with just a single click—the rendered HTML, CSS, or JavaScript to the source file.

Visual Studio 2012 helps make developing for mobile devices easier by supporting tools that optimize a page for a mobile device. For example, Visual Studio now supports jQuery Mobile, which includes controls optimized for mobile devices. By using a combination of these technologies, developers can create sites that look and perform great on mobile devices.


.NET developers building a web site can choose between an ASP.NET Web Forms project or Model View Controller (MVC) templates. In MVC applications, developers define classes that describe the data being used by the page. This makes it much quicker and easier to bind data and work with user input.

Service developers can create services by using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF). Visual Studio 2012 makes it easier than ever to develop WCF services with built in support for Web API.


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