Visual Studio Express | Now Visual Studio Community2023-11-21T14:26:09-08:00

Visual Studio Express

Download Visual Studio Community for a fully-featured and extensible IDE; An updated alternative to Visual Studio Express.

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Choose from the options below to see what version of Visual Studio is right for you

Individual Developer

Visual Studio Community is designed with everything you need in one place to create your next application.

Student or Teacher

Visual Studio Community provides the tools you need to build a game, design an app, launch a project, or teach a class.

Open Source Contributor

Visual Studio Community includes a rich set of tools for open-source software development.

Academic Researcher

Visual Studio Community is offered at no cost for you to advance your research.

Small Organization

Visual Studio Community is best suited for you if you work in a small team of less than six developers. Learn more about the Visual Studio Community license terms here

Large Business

Visual Studio Professional provides comprehensive tools and services for designing, building, and managing complex enterprise applications.

Still want Visual Studio Express?

*Visual Studio Express 2017 is available for Windows Desktop developers. This is the final version of Visual Studio Express, and there is not a UWP or Web offering for Visual Studio Express 2017 or later versions. We encourage all users to look at the free development options offered by Microsoft such as Visual Studio Code and Visual Studio Community for future development needs.