Continuing the Microsoft tradition of enabling developers of all skill levels, this latest release enables hobbyists, students, experienced and casual developers alike to create cool, fun applications. The Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions with SP1 are a free set of tools that are simple, fun and easy to learn. Visual C++ 2008 Express Edition with SP1 – is the development environment for creating native Windows applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version includes an easy installation of the Windows Platform SDK. It has tools for developing and debugging C++ code, especially code written for the Microsoft Windows API, the DirectX API, and the Microsoft .NET Framework. This program allows creating Win32 and Win64 applications. It has Game Creators Development kit with Quick starts to make games, puzzles and so on. API documentation contains reference library with samples.
This Microsoft Visual C++ (or Visual C++ 9.0) is available in two flavors: as a part of Microsoft Visual Studio and as a standalone "Express Edition" product.