Oct 212009

First things First. Click here to download Visual Studio 2010 Express edition Beta 2.

When I opened MSDN Forums,  the post announcing  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.  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! 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.  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 … 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.  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 what’s new.  Enjoy and happy coding!

Noah Coad
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!!!