The new Visual Studio 2012 Express is very nice to use. I’m even liking the funky dark colour scheme. But the fact that all you can create with it are Metro apps is a bit of a bind. However, Microsoft have now released Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows Desktop. It lets you use the fancy new version of Visual Studio 2012, complete with SHOUTY MENU BAR, to create desktop applications in C#, C++ and Visual Basic.
Incidentally, if you want to put the menu bars back to how they used to be, Deborah will tell you how. She writes a really good Visual Studio blog with some very useful tips on the program.