It seems as though Microsoft have a little competition going - and it revolves around the Visual Studio 2005 Express line of products. Note that this includes the new version of SQL Server!!
If you're like me and have been eager to get your hands on a copy of Visual Studio 2005 - this is a good way to check out some of the new features - even if most are missing from these small applications.
This is exactly the right idea and will hopefully encourage more people to use .NET!
Update: Who cares about the little bits (although they're available and you can actually download them, unlike whidbey for the moment). The almighty whidbey is ALSO in beta!Permalink