Visual Studio Express

The fastest way to start developing applications for Windows 8.1, Windows Phone, the web or the cloud. Visual Studio Express products provide a free development environment to develop applications for the latest platforms. Since it is Visual Studio, applications created in Express can be supported in other versions of Visual Studio as your needs grow.

Platforms

Express 2013 for Web

Visual Studio Express for Web has the tools to create standards-based, responsive websites, web APIs, or real-time online experiences using ASP.NET. Publish your web application directly to Windows Azure from the IDE. Create web services consumed by connected devices.

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System Requirements:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)

Required components

  • Internet Explorer 10

Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 4 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
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Express 2013 for Windows

Visual Studio Express for Windows provides the high-fidelity designers, code editor, and emulator to create Windows Store Apps for Windows 8.1. Use your choice of programming languages from C#, Visual Basic, or C++. Web developers can bring their web expertise to devices using HTML5 and JavaScript. Visual Studio Express for Windows gives you the power to reach millions of people with apps that work on both tablets and desktops, running Windows 8.1.

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System Requirements:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)

Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 4 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
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Express 2013 for Windows Desktop

Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop lets you take full advantage of Windows with XAML designers, a productive IDE, and a variety of programming languages including C#, Visual Basic, and C++. Choose between Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Windows Forms, and Win32, to target the Windows desktop with the right technology for your application and your skills.

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System Requirements:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)

Required components

  • Internet Explorer 10

Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB of RAM (1.5 GB if running on a virtual machine)
  • 5 GB of available hard disk space
  • 5400 RPM hard drive
  • DirectX 9-capable video card running at 1024 x 768 or higher display resolution
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Team Foundation Server 2013 Express

Collaborate, manage your repositories and automate build processes. Your team might be small and just getting started, but with Team Foundation Server Express, even the smallest team can go big. Up to five developers can access powerful application lifecycle management tools, collaborating and controlling the rise of your application, just like in any large organization.

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System Requirements:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 7 SP1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows 8.1 (x86 and x64)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 (x64)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64)
  • Windows Small Business Server 2011 (x64)

Optional components

  • SQL Server 2012 SP1

Hardware requirements

  • 2.2 GHz or faster processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 4 GB of available hard disk space
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Express 2012 for Windows Phone

Windows Phone SDK provides Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Phone, a designer, phone emulator, and the assets to build apps and games for Windows Phone. Use .NET to create compelling apps or take full advantage of the platform for your games with DirectX/C++.

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System Requirements:

Supported operating systems

  • Windows 8 (x64)

Supported architectures

  • 64-bit (x64)

Hardware requirements

  • 1.6 GHz or faster processor
  • 4 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB of available hard disk space

Windows Phone 8 Emulator

  • Windows 8 Pro edition or greater
  • Requires a processor that supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)

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Additional information

Visual Studio 2010 Express

Visual Studio Express 2013 is the current version of free developer tools, which are defined by the platforms they target. Each includes Visual C++, Visual C#, and Visual Basic. Visual Studio 2010 Express is an earlier version of free developer tools, most of which are defined by the one programming language each supports.

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Commercial use of Visual Studio Express

Visual Studio Express products are available at no charge and may be used for commercial, production usage subject to the license terms provided with each product. For example, you can use Express for Windows to create apps that you can then submit for sale in the Windows Store.

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