\"VisualYup, that\’s right. It is free for one year. :)

This information was taken directly from Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) .

It does not mean after one year the product will expire or something like that. It simply means that the software will be entirely free if you download it before November 6, 2006.

The best thing about VS 2005 Express is its compatability side-by-side with other versions of Visual Studio 2005. So, you can install VS 2005 Express and VS 2005 Professional at the same time. Everything that you made in VS 2005 Express can be used in other versions of VS Studio 2005 too.

Visual Studio 2005 Express includes:

  • Visual Basic 2005 Express
  • Visual C# 2005 Express
  • Visual Web Developer 2005 Express
  • Visual C++ 2005 Express
  • Visual J# 2005 Express

More info
Visual Studio Express: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/default.aspx
FAQs: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/express/support/faq/default.aspx
Visual Basic, C++, C#, J#, Web Developer, .NET, MSDN

  • Hello!

    You say “It simply means that the software will be entirely free if you download it before November 6, 2006.”.

    From the Express Editions FAQ:

    Q: Do customers who acquire the Visual Studio Express products during the free promotional pricing period have to pay after the first year if they want to continue to use them?

    A: If you acquire Visual Studio Express products within the one-year promotional period, you will enjoy the rights granted in the applicable license at no cost for the term of that license.

    I’m not sure about “for the term of that license.”, what does the license say?


  • MV

    IMO, when you read the license agreement before the installation, and agreed to it, then that’s the term of that license. I didn’t read anything negative about the license.. there’s no restriction on the length of usage. You just have to download a copy before the “1 year free” promo ends to get it free.

    I found this blog entry a while ago…
    - it gives you some perspective why it’s nearly free, but not entirely free. :)

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