Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions Available

Microsoft has announced that Visual Studio 2008 and version 3.5 of the .Net Framework is ready for release and as such as announced the final (non-beta) versions of the Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions (click link for downloads).

The Express Editions of Visual Studio is something that Microsoft did right.  By releasing a fully functional development environment for free and that allows people to release their products commercially is a great way to get people utilizing your products.  I think they partially did this to compete with SharpDevelop, a free open source DotNet IDE.  However, the fact that I can legally download a version of Visual Studio to my home PC to develop with is absolutely awesome, this way I do not need to find a version a P2P site to install and use.

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