Microsoft Visual Studio 9.0 C# Express Orcas Beta
Hey everyone! Microsoft has released a free, beta version of Visual Studio
, known as Visual Studio Express, that allows you to visually develop applications based on the Windows Presentation Foundation! This is amazing news, especially for beginning programmers, and even for myself, as I use the Express edition of Visual Studio on several other computers that I use on a regular basis, where I don't have access to my copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard. Unfortunately, installing the Fall CTP of the Orcas extensions for VS2005 didn't work on VS Express 2005, so I guess this required them releasing a new version to fix (which they did!). Remember, it's only a beta, and I've already noticed that 30 seconds in, the XAML element tag completion isn't working (when you close the opening tag, it doesn't insert a closing tag), but I'm sure they'll have this fixed. I posted in the MSDN forums about this problem
so that it hopefully gets full attention from the Visual Studio development team.