There is too much to copy from Dan Fernandez' blog but I'll give you the highlights so you'll go read the whole thing. First the big one!

We are incredibly excited to announce that effective April 19th, 2006, all Visual Studio 2005 Express Editions including Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, Visual C++, and Visual Web Developer Express will be free permanently!

Second, there is a whole new section at Coding4Fun on programming LEGO Mindstorms with Visual Studio Express languages.

Third, there are a bunch of new starter kits announced including one called the Teacher Starter Kit which is an application for keeping track of students, course lists and assessments or grades.

But there is more at Dan's blog so go take a look.