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
- Visual Basic Express Edition, Visual C# Express Edition and Visual C++ Express Edition.
- Visual Web Developer Express Edition. (And I noticed the website includes a topical Facebook Developer Toolkit)
- XNA Game Studio Express
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!