Its definitely a wonderful news for all Microsoft Developers. Microsoft has decided to make all Visual Studio Express Editions permanently FREE of cost.
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“Software has the potential to transform everyday lives. By making the Visual Studio 2005 Express editions available free of charge, we’re putting the power of programming into the hands of an exploding community of recreational programmers,” said S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Developer Division at Microsoft. “This community has asked for it, and we are excited to provide it.”
Get the core Visual Studio 2005 Express here