Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 21st May 2012 20:03 UTC
Windows For Microsoft, the traditional desktop is old news. It's on its way out, it's legacy, and the harder they claim the desktop has equal rights, the sillier it becomes. With companies, words are meaningless, it's actions that matter, and here Microsoft's actions tell the real story. The company has announced the product line-up for Visual Studio 11, and the free Express can no longer be used to create desktop applications. Message is clear.
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by Nelson on Mon 21st May 2012 21:19 UTC
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Most people using VS Express were using it for WP7 development anyway. Any serious developer couldn't stand to not have Resharper or Unit Testing.

That being said, you're free to use VS10 Express and target the Desktop. Either that, or use Dreamspark to get VS11 Pro if you're a Student.

For the hobbyist developer, Metro is the future. They largely don't care.

People doing heavy LOB WPF or WinForms can use the options above.

VS Express hasn't always existed, this is nothing world ending.

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