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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RE[5]: What will their use be?
by lucas_maximus on Wed 23rd May 2012 09:13 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: What will their use be?"
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OMG ... I can't believe you are pulling the "Real Developers don't need an IDE card". I am not even going to debate this point (I used to do all my Java development using VIM btw).

Also .NET 4.0 is hardly "niche", any .NET 2.0+ project can easily be upgraded.

Anyway from the horses mouth,

"Visual Studio 2010 Express is a set of free, entry-level products with streamlined interfaces and core capabilities that help you create applications for a single platform."

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