Last month, we informed readers that Microsoft would be dropping desktop support from its free Visual Studio Express programming suite. This caused quite the uproar in the forums and clearly pushed the buttons of quite a few of our readers.
It appears, however, that the HEXUS community wasn't alone and, the noise generated across the internet over the matter has led Microsoft to backtrack on its decision, ensuring that when Visual Studio Express 2012 launches this winter, desktop support will be present in the feature list, for both C++, C# and Visual Basic programming languages.
Aside from the latest compilers, Express Edition 2012 will also feature integrated unit testing and the ability for small development teams to collaborate via Team Explorer or TFS Express.
No apology as such, though clearly Microsoft has listened and seen the error of its ways, fully reversing its decision. Now about Metro Microsoft...