Visual Studio Express editions is now free (forever)
It's official: Visual Studio Express editions are now free to download and use indefinitely. That means that Visual Web Developer 2005 Express, Visual C# 2005 Express, Visual Basic 2005 Express, Visual C++ 2005 Express and Visual J# 2005 Express are completely free.
That is good news (in case you didn't notice). Download all this from here:
I should probably remind everyone reading this that SQL Server 2005 Express is also completely free and that it is a fully enabled SQL Server engine with absolutely no connection number limit, and now full-text search and reporting services (the limitations when compared to the full version are the number of CPUs, database size, mirroring, data mining and other high-end stuff). There is also a very useful free management tool in addition to the Visual Studio integration.