Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition SP1 9.0.30729.1

Simple software for Windows Vista containing libraries that let C++ programs work on your computer

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  • Version:

    Express Edition SP1 9.0.30729.1

  • Works under:

    Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 2003 / Windows XP

  • Program available in:In English
  • Program license:Free
  • Vote:
    5.9 (406)

Microsoft Visual Studio is a collection of IDEs for various programming languages; Visual C 2008 is a member of this suite and is geared towards C development in a Microsoft environment.

Microsoft Visual C 2008 is an older version of Visual C. It contains the standard items that every Microsoft Visual Studio IDE contains: a syntax highlighting editor, visual debugger, testing tools, and more. This is not the newest version, but if you have an older computer or for some reason require an older version of this program, Microsoft Visual C 2008 is an excellent choice for development. If you're planning on deploying your C applications to other operating systems, like Linux, you may wish to reconsider. Certain features of this IDE cause incompatibilities with Linux text editors and compilers.

However, if you're just developing for Windows, you couldn't make a better choice. It features a very quick text suggestion tool as well as syntax highlighting and block differentiation tools. It also has a built-in compiler with debugging information. Essentially, it's an all-in-one for C development. Any solo C developer can drastically speed up operations with this. Of course, there's always the disadvantage that it's a proprietary product, so some of the more advanced features may not be completely free. By and large, though, it's a very solid and free product that any level of C developer can use.


  • From a very well-known company (Microsoft)
  • All-in-one C development kit; has text editor, coding tools, compiler, and debugger
  • Constantly updated and some version of it will work on almost any Windows machine


  • Proprietary product, so there may be some features that are pay-to-use
  • May have issues translating work done on Windows to Linux, even if apps are cross-platform otherwise

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