Get your free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio Express / Community Edition

Martin Brinkmann
May 18, 2006
Updated • Apr 15, 2019
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You can download a free, limited, copy of the development software Visual Studio from Microsoft. The latest version is called Visual Studio Community 2019; it replaced Visual Studio Express 2017 which is no longer developed by the company.

The latest Visual Studio Express version that is available is Visual Studio Express 2017 and it is the last version of the IDE according to Microsoft.

You can download the latest version of Visual Studio Express from this Microsoft website. Just head over there and download the software, it is provided for Microsoft Windows operating system.

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Trial downloads for commercial versions of Visual Studio are offered as well. The very same download page links to trials for Visual Studio Professional and Enterprise.

Earlier versions of Visual Studio Express are also still available. You find download links for several Visual Studio Express 2015 editions on this page on the Visual Studio website.

Visual Studio Express 2017is the last version of the development suite. The company suggests that developers switch to the Visual Studio Community IDE instead which is offered for Windows and Mac OS X systems.

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If you are from the USA or Canada you can try and get a free copy of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 standard edition. All you have to do is watch three webcasts after you've signed up at the promotional site. What else will you get? A Microsoft Developers Security DVD, a 50% discount on a Microsoft Certified Professional Exam and a voucher that allows you to buy Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition with an MSDN Professional Subscription at renewal pricing (a $400 savings).

This seems to be a great deal even though the offer is only valid while supplies last. Be one of the first before it makes it to Digg front page.

Update: Both the offer and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 are not available anymore. Microsoft is now offering so called Express Products next to standard versions of Visual Studio. These Visual Studio Express versions are free to use, but limited in comparison to their commercial counterparts.

All Visual Studio Express versions can be downloaded from the official website. The latest version at the time of writing is Visual Studio 2010. A first beta version of Visual Studio 11 has been released on the other hand which indicates a refresh of the series later this year.

Visual Studio 2010 is a complete development environment from Microsoft for creating web applications, client (Windows) applications, and Windows Phone 7 applications. In contrast, Visual Studio 2010 Express is a set of free, entry-level products that features streamlined interfaces and core capabilities that focus on providing the tools that you need for creating applications for a single platform. For example, Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone provides the tools that you need to create games and applications for Windows Phone 7. Integration with Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, and advanced design, development and test capabilities, such as 64-bit development, unit testing and remote debugging, are not included in the Express products.

Update 2: Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2012 which is now the latest version available. You can still download Visual Studio Express 2012 for free to your system, or instead try out one of the commercial applications instead. Note that the 2012 versions of Visual Studio are only compatible with Windows 7 and newer versions, and not Vista or XP.

Microsoft is still making available the 2010 product editions at the same website so that you can download those instead.

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  1. Some Dude said on March 19, 2023 at 11:42 am
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    Are these articles AI generated?

    Now the duplicates are more obvious.

    1. boris said on March 19, 2023 at 11:48 pm
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      This is below AI generated crap. It is copy of Microsoft Help website article without any relevant supporting text. Anyway you can find this information on many pages.

  2. Paul(us) said on March 20, 2023 at 1:32 am
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    Yes, but why post the exact same article under a different title twice on the same day (19 march 2023), by two different writers?
    1.) Excel Keyboard Shortcuts by Trevor Monteiro.
    2.) 70+ Excel Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows by Priyanka Monteiro

    Why oh why?

    1. Clairvaux said on September 6, 2023 at 11:30 am
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      Yeah. Tell me more about “Priyanka Monteiro”. I’m dying to know. Indian-Portuguese bot ?

  3. John G. said on August 18, 2023 at 4:36 pm
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    Probably they will announce that the taskbar will be placed at top, right or left, at your will.

    Special event by they is a special crap for us.

  4. yanta said on August 18, 2023 at 11:59 pm
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    If it’s Microsoft, don’t buy it.
    Better brands at better prices elsewhere.

  5. John G. said on August 20, 2023 at 4:22 am
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    All new articles have zero count comments. :S

  6. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 7:48 am
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    WTF? So, If I add one photo to 5 albums, will it count 5x on my storage?
    It does not make any sense… on google photos, we can add photo to multiple albums, and it does not generate any additional space usage

    I have O365 until end of this year, mostly for onedrive and probably will jump into google one

  7. St Albans Digital Printing Inc said on September 5, 2023 at 11:53 am
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    Photo storage must be kept free because customers chose gadgets just for photos and photos only.

  8. Anonymous said on September 5, 2023 at 12:47 pm
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    What a nonsense. Does it mean that albums are de facto folders with copies of our pictures?

    1. GG said on September 6, 2023 at 8:24 am
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      Sounds exactly like the poor coding Microsoft is known for in non-critical areas i.e. non Windows Core/Office Core.

      I imagine a manager gave an employee the task to create the album feature with hardly any time so they just copied the folder feature with some cosmetic changes.

      And now that they discovered what poor management results in do they go back and do the album feature properly?

      Nope, just charge the customer twice.

      Sounds like a go-getter that needs to be promoted for increasing sales and managing underlings “efficiently”, said the next layer of middle management.

  9. d3x said on September 5, 2023 at 7:33 pm
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    When will those comments get fixed? Was every editor here replaced by AI and no one even works on this site?

  10. Scroogled said on September 5, 2023 at 10:47 pm
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    Instead of a software company, Microsoft is now a fraud company.

  11. ard said on September 7, 2023 at 4:59 pm
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    For me this is proof that Microsoft has a back-door option into all accounts in their cloud.
    quote “…… as the MSA key allowed the hacker group access to virtually any cloud account at Microsoft…..”
    unquote

    so this MSA key which is available to MS officers can give access to all accounts in MS cloud.This is the backdoor that MS has into the cloud accounts. Lucky I never got any relevant files of mine in their (MS) cloud.

  12. Andy Prough said on September 7, 2023 at 6:52 pm
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    >”Now You: what is your theory?”

    That someone handed an employee a briefcase full of cash and the employee allowed them access to all their accounts and systems.

    Anything that requires 5-10 different coincidences to happen is highly unlikely. Occam’s razor.

  13. TelV said on September 8, 2023 at 12:04 pm
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    Good reason to never login to your precious machine with a Microsoft a/c a.k.a. as the cloud.

  14. Anonymous said on September 18, 2023 at 1:23 pm
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    The GAFAM are always very careless about our software automatically sending to them telemetry and crash dumps in our backs. It’s a reminder not to send them anything when it’s possible to opt out, and not to opt in, considering what they may contain. And there is irony in this carelessness biting them back, even if in that case they show that they are much more cautious when it’s their own data that is at stake.

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