Microsoft Visual Studio Express Edition

Visual Studio Express Edition are freeware tools by Microsoft that are lightweight versions of Visual Studio. These are basically easy to learn IDEs for students and hobbyists. They are free of charge and provide most features required for development as they are in Visual Studio.

Following products are available:

  • Visual C# 20xx Express Edition
  • Visual Basic 20xx Express Edition
  • Visual C++ 20xx Express Edition
  • Visual Web Developer 20xx Express Edition
  • SQL Server 20xx Express Edition

You can download these from Microsoft express edition website which is also cool and it’s on silverlight.

Express Edition Website

Though there are some limitations of express edition, overall they are good enough if you are interested in coding as hobby, fun or small level project.