First things First. Click here to download Visual Studio 2010 Express edition Beta 2.
When I opened MSDN Forums, Â the post announcing Â the launch of Visual Studio 2010 Express edition Beta 2 versions was the first on my list . I had asked a question around 4 months ago about when the express editions would be available. The only answer back then was wait.
This is that post by Noah Coad – Program Manager at MSFT. Â I rushed to download the express versions, only to find them excruciatingly slow.
Today, we are excited to announce that the Visual Studio 2010 Express Beta 2 products are available for download on the Visual Studio Express Web Site!Â The Visual Studio Express products are a set of development tools geared towards helping developers unleash their creativity while learning to develop Windows and Web applications.Â Â They offer an easy-to-acquire and easy-to-learn experience in a simple package and they are free!
- Download Visual Studio 2010 Express Beta2 Today
Get a jump start on learning to develop on the new .NET 4.0 Framework Beta 2 with the Visual Studio 2010 Express Beta 2 products.
- Learn more about Visual Studio 2010
Learn about the many new exciting features in Visual Studio 2010.
- Try Visual Studio 2010 Professional
The Beta 2 editions of Visual Studio 2010 Professional and Ultimate are available as free downloads as well.
- Basic vs Expert Settings
Unique to Visual Studio 2010 Express â€¦ Express now starts up with a streamlined user experience that focuses on the most common commands by hiding some of the more advanced menus and toolbars.Â Â All the Express features are still available via the Tools > Settings > Expert Settings menu.
Also look through the new Start Page inside Express for more resources and information on whatâ€™s new.Â Â Enjoy and happy coding!
Microsoft Visual Studio Program Manager
The only sore point was the missing Express edition for F#. I know that Fsharp interactive is awesome, but was looking forward to a bit more mature IDE especially for trying out imperative programming with F#. Hoping that releasing one is in the pipeline!!!