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NOTE: Small Basic 1.1 was replaced with a newer version. To download the latest version, please see Download Microsoft Small Basic.
 


Microsoft Small Basic 1.1 is upgraded to .NET Framework 4.5 to enable new objects and features. It also fixes the Flickr object bug. It doesn't work on Windows XP or earlier operating systems. If you use Windows XP, please see Download Microsoft Small Basic for your options.

Small Basic is the only text-based programming language designed to teach kids and adults how to program in a way that's Fun, Simple, Social, and Gradual.

Download Microsoft Small Basic 1.1

You can download Small Basic 1.1 two different ways:
  • Direct English Download (closed) - After you download and run the MSI file, the other languages are still available through the English installation wizard.
  • Download Center Page (closed) - You can directly select and download your language from this page. You'll also see more information about what's new. 

What's New in Microsoft Small Basic 1.1

New Updates

  • NET Framework 4.5 - We upgraded to .NET Framework 4.5 from 3.5 SP1. Although this causes some breaking changes (see below), it's necessary in order to build out new objects that take advantage of new devices, operating systems, and capabilities. Download .NET Framework 4.5.
  • Modernized UX: Controls - The design of the program controls (button, scroll bar, arrows on the control bar) in the GraphicsWindow is now flat/modernized. This includes blue and dark gray borders around the text boxes. And the window title font is also updated.
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In Small Basic 1.1, the UI has been updated to look like this: 
 
  • Language Downloads - You can now directly download your language from the Download Center. See the Download Center Page.

Bug Fixes

  • Flickr Object (1.0-17) - Flickr changed their API, which broke the Flickr Object. This has been fixed for Small Basic 1.1.

  • Find + Arrow Keys Crash (1.0-21) - In 1.0, the Small Basic environment hangs up (shows "Not Responding") when pushing arrow keys while text finding when you have multiple edit windows open. This issue is fixed in 1.1 and can no longer be reproduced.
Breaking Changes

  • Windows XP - Due to the upgrade to .NET Framework 4.5, Small Basic 1.1 does not work on Windows XP and older operating systems. We will continue to offer Small Basic 1.0 for users of Windows XP and older operating systems.
  • 1.0 Extensions - All extensions built for Small Basic 1.0 will need to be recompiled on Small Basic 1.1 and re-released.

Other Changes

  • We're experimenting with modernizing the graphics. Currently it affected the installation wizard, with some temporary modernized logo images. These will be updated again in future releases.

System Requirements

  • Supported Operating Systems: 

    Windows 10 Tech Preview, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Vista, Mini-Mac (Windows 8.1 / Parallels Desktop 10 for Mac / Mac OS X Yosemite), Lifebook (see installation instructions)

  • .Net Framework 4.5:

     Required for Windows 7 and Windows Vista. It comes installed with Windows 8 and newer. Download .NET Framework 4.5.

Installation Instructions

  1. If you have Small Basic 1.0 installed, uninstall it. You'll need to delete all the files in the "smallbasic" folder.
    • NOTE: If you previously set your web browser to block the "C:\Users\xxx\AppData\Roaming\Microsoft" folder, you'll need to remove that block.
  2. If your system does not have .NET Framework installed yet (Windows Vista and Windows 7), you'll need to download .NET Framework 4.5, and then install it.
  3. Download and Install Microsoft Small Basic in your preferred language. See the Small Basic 1.1 Download Center page.
  4. Launch by clicking the Microsoft Small Basic program shortcut.

Related Resources

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Flickr Object (1.0-17) - Flickr changed their API, which broke the Flickr Object. This has been fixed for Small Basic 1.1.
Flickr Object (1.0-17) - Flickr changed their API, which broke the Flickr Object. This has been fixed for Small Basic 1.1.
Flickr Object (1.0-17) - Flickr changed their API, which broke the Flickr Object. This has been fixed for Small Basic 1.1.
1.0 Extensions - All extensions built for Small Basic 1.0 will need to be recompiled on Small Basic 1.1 and re-released.
1.0 Extensions - All extensions built for Small Basic 1.0 will need to be recompiled on Small Basic 1.1 and re-released.