Visual Studio Express 2012

Download Visual Studio Express 2012

VISUAL STUDIO EXPRESS is an integrated development environment software developed by Microsoft. The platform was released in 2005 and was released as a freeware and register ware of a function limited version of Microsoft’s non-free Visual Studio. The express editions were released with Visual Studio 2005. The platform was released for free, but with different licenses as per user request. The new licenses are more friendly to open-source and less friendly to some closed source developers. The Visual Studio works with plugins, that features a previously exclusive paid edition. The express editions are however available for free in the time being.

The platform through helps users to develop a lot of applications seamlessly; Visual Studio also has a number of limitations. The platform does not contain any kind of IDE support for databases other than the traditional SQL Server Express and Microsoft Access. Also, the platform has a lack of crystal reports, support for creating Windows Services, OpenMP, code folding, limited options for debugging and breakpoints, and no deploying for mobile devices with no templates or emulators. But during the later versions, there have been different improvements over the 2005 versions like runtime debugging, fixing common spelling errors, and better IntelliSense support.


  • Cloud: The platform allows users to develop web applications that include integrated features that are useful in deploying Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud computing platform.

  • Metro Apps Deployment: The platform allows deployment of metro-styles applications that are available for Windows Store coded in C#, VB.NET, C++, and also Javascript.

  • Conventional Deployment: The platform also allows users to process conventional deployment in Windows applications on C++, VB.NET, and C++ that target Windows client technologies like Windows Presentation Founder (WPF), Win32 API, and Windows Forms. The platform consists of built-in support that allows compiling 64-bit application through IDE, unlike the previous Visual Studio Express editions. The recent updates also add support for Windows XP in a number of C++ applications.

  • Source Control: The platform provides users with source control, application lifecycle management, build automation, and work-item tracking that is built for teams that consist of up to five developers.

  • Emulator: The platform also consists of a Windows Phone 8 SDK that also enables users the ability to develop applications for a Windows Phone 7.5 and also for Windows Phone 8 and also testing on an emulator. The platform also supports C++, .NET Framework, and also DirectX. The platform is able to integrate with Microsoft Expression Blend with the help of its .NET Framework support.

Installation Requirements for VISUAL STUDIO EXPRESS

To install the VISUAL STUDIO EXPRESS on PC, make sure that the following requirements are met by the user in the PC desktop.

  • PC – Make sure that your PC is on Windows 7 or higher with at least 4 GB of RAM.

  • Compatibility Mode is enabled.

How to Download VISUAL STUDIO EXPRESS on Windows

Follow the below steps to download and install the VISUAL STUDIO EXPRESS on your PC:

  1. Go to VISUAL STUDIO EXPRESS’s website, and go to Downloads.

  2. Click on Download Now.

  3. Select ‘Save’ to download the program. The file will be saved in the Downloads folder.

  4. If you want to save in a specified folder on your desktop, then click on ‘Save As’ and select the folder you want the program to be saved.

  5. After the download is complete click on the .exe file.

  6. The installation process will start.

  7. Run the installation package.

  8. Wait until the update completes

  9. Follow the Windows installation instructions and select options accordingly.

  10. Click on Finish to complete the installation.

  11. The program icon will appear on the desktop.

  12. Select the icon to start the application.