As I was browsing our new website for information on our work with the Open Source community today (at www.microsoft.com/opensource) I came across the link for the free downloads of the Visual Studio Express Editions. This includes

If you buy your Microsoft software on a Campus Agreement, you will already be licensed for the full versions of these studios, but for those who aren't - or if you want to point your students towards downloads for home use - then the links above are the ones to use to help your budding next-generation web/games/programme developers.

Me? Well, I'm off to the Beginner Developer Learning Centre, to try and understand what it's all about!