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 John Church on October 29, 2011 at 9:28am

Speaking of addins, have you tried the GIT extensions?


Comment by Sebastian Gralla on October 29, 2011 at 9:38am

it still does not work....

where it says "Your ID:" is there supposed to be a number or something? it's just blank...


/edit.... actually it worked just now.. but i filled the field "how many employes does your company have?" with 1000, it says "your company has more than 10 employes, we are unable to sign you in"...

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 29, 2011 at 11:40am

I just put one.

Comment by AVS on October 29, 2011 at 12:17pm

@john git tip looks good thanks

Comment by AVS on October 29, 2011 at 12:19pm

@Sebastian it is a free visual studio 2010 download for individuals who are considering web design and small web design companies with less than 10 employees. So you didn't need to fiddle the numbers :) You can be honest and put 1

Comment by simonl on October 29, 2011 at 2:03pm

Must be a US only promo? You got a direct link?

Comment by AVS on October 29, 2011 at 2:06pm

I'm in the uk. which browser and version are you using?

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on October 29, 2011 at 2:17pm

@simonl I got it to work from Canada.  I have to say, it was confusing to figure it out.  So don't give up.  Keep poking around.  The trick for me was you need to click on the link (from within this blog post) to websitespark, once to register for MSN and another to sign up for websitespark.  Then I got lost a few times, and eventually got into it.  Then had to figure out which program to pick from the list.  I ended up going with 2010 Visual Studio web install.  It didn't need any key code.


Overall it's about an order of magnitude more complicated than downloading Arduino, and 4 orders of magnitude less complicated than Arducopter. ;)

Comment by Sebastian Gralla on October 29, 2011 at 3:14pm

it seems like the servers from germany are sometimes unresponsible, I need to try very often to get through the process...

/edit: it works now :)

Comment by AVS on October 30, 2011 at 2:53pm

I have updated the original blog with a picture of the Visual Studio download button


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