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Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 is a free, lightweight version of the powerful Visual Studio integrated development environment (IDE). Visual Studio Express is packaged with Blend, which now also helps you work with HTML5 and CSS3. Blend provides access to Windows controls and an integrated tool to proﬁle user interfaces.
Give users access to all of their photos, files, and friends at any time and on any device, using their Microsoft account. You can use Windows Azure to quickly build, deploy and manage applications and services, and your users can store and share files and communicate with the people most important to them using SkyDrive and Outlook.com.
With Windows 8, we created a touch-optimized platform that people interact with in an intuitive way. As a result, interactions with the operating system and UI elements feel natural and responsive. Animations and transitions are used deliberately, and effects are subtle and designed to enhance the connection between users and their PC. App layout and presentation are simplified with easy-to-use layout APIs and presentation controls.
Through tiles on the Start screen, apps are alive with activity and can deliver vibrant content, even when they're not running. Using live tiles, your app can provide useful, at-a-glance data to the user, while minimizing battery usage. Windows Push Notification Services enables your app to receive messages and send them to your app's live tile or provide a notification to the user.
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