Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Are Now Available



On August 15th we announced the availability of, both, Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8. 


Visual Studio 2012

You can find out more on our Visual Studio from Soma’s blog post here:


For those wanting to get their hands on the goods now here is an excerpt from the post:

  • If you’re an MSDN Subscriber, you can download them today from MSDN Subscriber Downloads.
  • If you want the free Visual Studio Express 2012 products, or free trial versions of Visual Studio 2012, you can download them from here. Visual Studio Express for Windows 8, Visual Studio Express for Web, and Team Foundation Server Express are all now available. Express for Windows Phone and Express for Windows Desktop will be available later this fall.
  • If you want to install .NET 4.5 separately, you can get it from
  • For volume licensing customers, Visual Studio 2012 products will be available starting tomorrow (August 16th) from the Volume Licensing Servicing Center.
  • Packaged products will begin to show up in stores next month, with some products available for purchase digitally in selected regions starting in the next few days (visit the Visual Studio product website for details).



Windows 8

For Windows 8, you can get details on the release here:


Here is the relevant part that deals with how to get your hands on the bits:

Depending on what Microsoft programs you or your organization might be part of, there are a few ways to get the RTM version of Windows 8. If you have an MSDN Subscription or a TechNet Professional Subscription, the RTM is available today. For info on other programs see the Windows 8 has reached the RTM milestone post on Windows Team blog.


    If you are not part of one of these programs, don’t worry, we’re also offering a 90-day evaluation of the Windows 8 Enterprise edition for developers. This is available now from the Windows Dev Center download page along with Visual Studio Express 2012, Windows 8 design assets, code samples, and all the related tools and SDK’s you need to build apps.


    If you use the evaluation version, we recommend installing it on separate drive or partition or in a VM. This way you’ll be able to upgrade from your original OS to the Windows 8 RTM when it becomes available in October. If you don’t, then you’ll need to reinstall from scratch when you decide to move to the full version. Make sure you read all the details on the download page.




    Make sure to get your hands on these if you haven’t already and keep looking out for new series on my blog on the new Visual Studio! Smile

    Comments (4)
    1. says:

      Are there any information about when Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 will be released for students at MSDNAA / Dreamspark Premium?

    2. zainnab says:

      Hey Albert 🙂

      I don't know when it will be available for those programs but best guess is a couple of months from now.  I don't know how fast those teams move so it could be sooner.


    3. Ben says:

      There are available on Dreamspark since yesterday!

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