Wow… Free Visual Studio versions – still

Looks like MS is “making VS Studio Express free as in beer”: permanently.

I wrote up my responses to the free beta “some time back”:; like I said then, I think this is a really good move for Microsoft, _and_ it’s driven by the quality of the free IDEs for other languages (notably NetBeans and Eclipse for Java).

Author: Robert Watkins

My name is Robert Watkins. I am a software developer and have been for over 20 years now. I currently work for people, but my opinions here are in no way endorsed by them (which is cool; their opinions aren’t endorsed by me either). My main professional interests are in Java development, using Agile methods, with a historical focus on building web based applications. I’m also a Mac-fan and love my iPhone, which I’m currently learning how to code for. I live and work in Brisbane, Australia, but I grew up in the Northern Territory, and still find Brisbane too cold (after 22 years here). I’m married, with two children and one cat. My politics are socialist in tendency, my religious affiliation is atheist (aka “none of the above”), my attitude is condescending and my moral standing is lying down.

2 thoughts on “Wow… Free Visual Studio versions – still”

  1. I am glad they are offering these tools, especially as it will attract developers to their platform.
    For those serious about developing more robust applications they will most likely move up to the professional editions.
    Either way, I like this move by Microsoft.

  2. Yeah I have been using VS express for a while now, no complaints for what I need it for (about once a month).
    However, I am sure the full version VS2005 does NOT have all the soft toyish colours? (or is it just the same as express?). It seems that with express, they want you to think its a toy, and that any real work best be done with something that doesn’t look like playschool 😉

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