Open Source Community up in Arms over Microsoft's Visual Studio 11

Focusing exclusively on Metro, the free, Express version of this software will no longer offer support for desktop-style applications.
By Katherine Noyes
News May 28th 2012

Microsoft has already ruffled more than a few feathers with the exclusionary potential of its forthcoming Windows 8 operating system, and this past week the open source community has been up in arms again.

The cause this time has been its Visual Studio 11 product line, new details about which the company published earlier this month.

Specifically, it looks like the free, Express version of the upcoming new product--widely used by many developers to create open source desktop applications for Windows--will no longer offer support for desktop-style applications. Rather, users of Visual Studio 11 Express will only be able to develop Metro applications

Metro Only
"Visual Studio 11 Express for Windows 8 provides tools for Metro style app development," notes Microsoft's Visual Studio website. "To create desktop apps, you need to use Visual Studio 11 Professional, or higher."

Visual Studio 11 Professional, of course, is far from free, with its $499 price.