Responding to a barrage of criticism from the developer community, Microsoft have announced that Visual Studio 2012 Express will support Windows 8 desktop app development.

Last month, there was a large outcry from the developer community when Microsoft officials revealed the decision to limit Visual Studio 2012 Express — the free, entry level version of its product — to development of Windows 8 Metro-Style, Win RT-based apps only.

In a June 8 post to the Microsoft Visual Studio blog, Corporate Vice President Soma Somasegar responded to developers:

“(W)e heard from our community that developers want to have for Windows desktop development the same great experience and access to the latest Visual Studio 2012 features at the Express level.

“Today, I’m happy to announce that we will add Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop to the Visual Studio 2012 family. This will bring to the Visual Studio Express family significant new capabilities that we’ve made available in Visual Studio 2012 for building great desktop applications.”

The Visual Studio Express for Windows Desktop SKU will allow developers to use C++, C# or Visual Basic to create Windows desktop and console apps, Somasegar said.

Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop should be available this fall.


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