Visual Studio 2010 Professional Free Offer

It was already possible for students and teachers to obtain a free version of Visual Studio 2010 Professional but now this Microsoft offer has been extended to a number of other groups. One group being any individual who is thinking about becoming a web developer.


The extended Microsoft offer provides immediate download and 3 year license for a huge range of products such as Visual Studio 2010 Professional. This appears to open the door to Visual Studio to just about everyone in the arduino community.


To take advantage of the offer you will need to sign up for the free Microsoft WebSiteSpark program. Once you have signed up you will see a big button allowing you sign up for downloads. The big button actually signs you up to the microsoft developer network (msdn).


On msdn you will see a large list of available downloads on your msdn downloads page. Choose a Visual Studio 2010 Professional download from the list and install it. To the right of each "download link" is a link that will show your personal license key for the selected product (keep it private).


The addin is already blogged about so I won't go into any detail. The Visual Micro site provides download and  information about the addin. The picture below provides an idea of available features.



The addin makes developing arduino faster, easier and more enjoyable. However there is also a massive gallery of other useful tools for Visual Studio. You can view the Visual Studio Gallery here

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Comment by Jason Wise on October 28, 2011 at 11:15pm

Wow, if only I knew how to program stuff!

Comment by ionut on October 28, 2011 at 11:22pm

Nice.I used the express version before and I think it may work for arduino also.

Comment by Fokko Driesprong on October 29, 2011 at 1:28am

Love this IDE, in my opinion it is one of the best available for C# and VB.Net tough. However there is a good extension for PHP.

Comment by AVS on October 29, 2011 at 1:55am

@ionut yes, express can provide arduino intellisense but pro allows compile and upload ++

Comment by Scott Plunkett on October 29, 2011 at 4:31am

This worked perfectly.  I downloaded last night and am up and running this morning.  VERY cool to get these tools at no cost!!  I was about to upgrade my MSDN sub - but now I don't have to shell out those dollars.

Comment by Sebastian Gralla on October 29, 2011 at 6:22am

"There is an error connecting to MPN. Sign up is not available at this time, please check back later."


Comment by AVS on October 29, 2011 at 7:10am

@Sebastian I just tried it again and it worked for me. So it sounds like an international web connection problem. Leave it an hour and then try again. Let us know if it still doesn't work

Comment by simonl on October 29, 2011 at 8:13am

hmmm, I've signed-up to but don't see any big button :(

Comment by John Church on October 29, 2011 at 9:00am
After signing up for websitespark you can go directly to to see the licenses you are eligible for. Download away!
Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 29, 2011 at 9:18am

Was a bit tricky to navigate my way to the download, but I think it's coming in.  Thanks!


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