Download Visual Studio Express Editions

 * Updated 3/31/2015

While this post was originally written in 2009, it still gets a ton of hits!

Today, we have lots of new offerings for developers looking for free tools including Visual Studio Community Edition and updated Visual Studio Express Editions. I've updated the page with relevant links below

Snip from the FAQ on that page:

Q: Who can use Visual Studio Community?            
A: Here’s how individual developers can use Visual Studio Community:

  • Any individual developer can use Visual Studio Community to create their own free or paid apps.
Here’s how Visual Studio Community can be used in organizations:
  • An unlimited number of users within an organization can use Visual Studio Community for the following scenarios: in a classroom learning environment, for academic research, or for contributing to open source projects.
  • For all other usage scenarios: In non-enterprise organizations, up to 5 users can use Visual Studio Community. In enterprise organizations (meaning those with >250 PCs or > $1 Million US Dollars in annual revenue), no use is permitted beyond the open source, academic research, and classroom learning environment scenarios described above.


 Visual Studio Express 2013 Editions are also available from


Snip from the Express page

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.


 And here's how they talk about Community Edition

Visual Studio Community is a free and full-featured IDE for building apps for Web, Windows Store, Windows Desktop, and even Android and iOS using programming languages including C#, C++, HTML/JavaScript, and Visual Basic. With Community, you can take advantage of out-of-box advanced productivity features such as enhanced code editing, code analysis, debugging, and profiling, and extend that functionality with over 5,000 free and paid extensions in the Visual Studio gallery. Community is the perfect tool for individual developers, students, open source contributors, and small teams.


Comments (13)
  1. Jerry Dean says:

    Can I still use Visual Web Developer 2008 Express with 2010 installed.

    What happens when the beta expires?

  2. Jerry – Yes, Visual Web Developer 2008 and 2010 work side-by-side so you can install them both without issue. When the beta expires, you’ll get a pop-up message saying that the beta has expired and you won’t be able to use 2010 anymore. Given that they’ve already announced that Visual Studio will ship in March, you’ll be able to download the final 2010 version by then.

  3. Bob says:

    Just curious…  Are they planning on an Iron Python version?

  4. zero entropy says:

    whats the difference between VS 2010 Express and VS 2010 Beta2?

  5. Surf4Fun says:

    Yippee, I love the Express Products!  Glad to see that the products can work side by side.  This will allow me to get up to speed on the latest .NET Framework

  6. Gaositwe says:

    how do i install the programe into my PC?

  7. ibasar says:

    It is a good platform for software developers

  8. sikander says:

    i am using it for web developement but that one is 2008 and tgis is even better one than  that one

  9. The express programs are awesome…  on another computer I have downloaded Visual Studio 2010 Professional Studio…  I love all of these programs and I have been referring other people to Microsoft's webside as well.   Thank you!

  10. Robert says:

    The 'download an ISO image' link does not work

  11. Dan says:

    Your links for VB and C Sharp download dont work

  12. Hendra says:

    Where can I download iso image for visual web developer 2010?


  13. All of the Express Editions are in the same ISO package so download this  –…/express-iso

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