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[2]: What will their use be?
by Vanders on Mon 21st May 2012 22:15 UTC in reply to "RE: What will their use be?"
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Express Editions are for hobby and education use only.

How does that preclude developers wanting to use them for non-Metro applications?

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Because they are learning Environments, that is it.

One does not need WinForm, WPF and all the other gumpth to do some simple app programming.

If you want to develop non-metro application there is the older VS Express Editions (you can still download the old versions) or use a different framework of your choice.

Edited 2012-05-21 22:30 UTC

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Thom_Holwerda Member since:

Way to miss the point. This is not about other options, this is about what is signals: the end of the desktop, even though Metro is virtually useless.

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RE[4]: What will their use be?
by Vanders on Tue 22nd May 2012 10:04 in reply to "RE[3]: What will their use be?"
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There are massive amounts of "legacy" applications that will be around for a long, long, time. Those applications will require developers to maintain them in the future. Those developers have to learn somewhere.

This is a footgun move from Microsoft. They're basically relegating their legacy platform to the status of COBOL.

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henderson101 Member since:

Moreover, the Express editions have been licensed to allow use for commercial development since the 2008 release.

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