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 Visual Studio 2013 Community Edition…


Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Cheat Sheet

  Hey folks, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for the world to download and here’s your cheat sheet of links you’ll want to know about Download: Visual Studio Team System Beta 1, Web installer, VSTS Beta 1 ISO, .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1  Readme: VSTS Readme Installation Tips & Tricks: Be sure to…


Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

  Available now on for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book, Coding4Fun 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, World of Warcraft, YouTube, and More officially released to the world last week. Unlike your typical .NET development book, Coding4Fun is about learning how to use your developer skills to do fun, cool projects (see…


CodePlex Community Meetup at PDC

As Sara mentioned in the CodePlex blog, we’re having a CodePlex meetup at PDC on Wednesday from 1:30 – 2:30pm where volunteers will be able to show off their Codeplex projects and you’ll be able to check out demos of new CodePlex features and give the CodePlex team feedback on what they’re delivering.  Full details on…


Opening the kimono on Windows 7

Today we officially announced that PDC is the first time Microsoft will be discussing Windows 7 in-depth. The big announcements are that: Steve Sinofsky will keynote on Tuesday at PDC There are 21 sessions on Windows 7 at PDC on everything from kernel, audio, graphics, networking, and more. All PDC attendees get a pre-beta build…


Popfly Game Creator Goes Beta

Congrats to the Popfly team for moving Popfly Game Creator from alpha to Beta and adding a bunch of handy features. For the full rundown, check out the Popfly Team Blog.  Here’s a few of my favorite features   Inserting images into a game Alpha (before): You had to manually build XAML and manually upload…


We want to hear your stories

Hey folks, if you’ve built some cool project, the Non-Pro team wants to hear from you! Send them an email!    


Goodbye to Bill Gates Links

Yes, it’s Bill’s last day, here’s a collection of videos for your viewing pleasure: Channel 9: Bill Gates: Transitioning into the Future Channel 9: This Week on Channel 9 with Jeff Sandquist and Bill Gates stories Channel 9: ‘Softies share their Bill Gates stories MS PressPass: Bill Gates Looking Backing, Moving Ahead CNN: Bill Gates…


Bill Gates Transition Interview on Channel 9

In case you haven’t heard, this week is BillG’s last week as a full-time Microsoft employee as he transitions to working full-time at his foundation. Sure, he’ll still be the Chairman of the board and there are some projects that he will work with directly, but it is still a bit weird to think about…


SQL Server Express 2008: Now in two flavors

As I blogged about on Channel 9 earlier (I love that we can have text *and* video posts now), SQL Server 2008 RC0 is now available for download. On the download page, you may have noticed that there are two versions of SQL Server Express SQL Server 2008 Express SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced…