Friday, October 06, 2006

Microsoft Freeware Visual Studio Express

Yes! Effective 19 April 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions are free permanently!

Microsoft given away its flagship development product at zero cost. Not only to learn, test and feel the new features of .Net Framework 2.0, but also able to compile and commerce the development project with Visual Studio Expression edition.

Microsoft Express Edition includes a wide range of Microsoft flagship development tools such as MS SQL Server 2005, Visual Basic 2005, Visual C# 2005, Visual C++ 2005, Visual J# 2005, Visual Web Developer 2005. As long as Express keyword attached, such as Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions, it is a genuine Microsoft freeware edition.

For those who familiar with MSDE, SQL Server Express is the replacement. Microsoft alleged that the name MSDE was confusing to customers and partners because many did not realize that it was associated with SQL Server. By changing the name from MSDE to SQL Server Express there will be less confusion among customers and partners.

Everyone could use the Expression edition at no cost for the purpose of testing, learning, and even compile and sell the development project. Before this, Microsoft freeware such as Visual Basic Learning edition couldn't compile development into executable.

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