In case you missed it: While there were plenty of announcements at the launch events about benchmarks, discounts, etc, the one that I was happiest to see was that the Express editions of Visual Studio 2005 will be free of charge to download (SQL Server 2005 Express was always going to be free, but VS2005 initially was going to be chargable).
This means you can get your hands on a fully-operational version of Visual Studio 2005 for developing Windows or Web applications absolutely free of charge as long as you have an internet connection. Get it here
need a registration key where do i get one?
I am confused on the need for VS2005 Express, when MS has provided all of the compile apps' such as VB, C#, C++, VWD, and J# as individual which can be used independently of the former scheme that was offered in VS2003? When I attempt to open an existing *.vbproj in VS2005 Express, I get the following msg: "The application for project http://localhost/programName.vbproj" is not installed. Make sure that the application for the projet type(.vbproj) is installed. When I look at winExplorer file types to find the Extension and file type it tells me that VBPROJ is a Visual Basic Project file. When I expand "Change" under "Details for VBPROJ extension, The Recommended Programs list MS VS2003 and MS VS Version Selector? What can be done to correct this problem.