Friday, April 21, 2006

Visual Studio Express

Microsoft has made Visual Studio Express completely free permanantly. Their FAQ now states

10. How much will these products cost?
Effective April 19th, 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions are free permanently. This pricing covers all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions including Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual C++, Visual J#, and Visual Web Developer as well as all localized versions of Visual Studio Express.

SQL Server 2005 Express Edition has always been and will continue to be a free download.

I can't help but think that this was all forged by the GNU project and FSF with years of free software.

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