or “How to get into the game development business cheaply” pt. 1.”
Microsoft does these promotions periodically. Microsoft isn’t REALLY into the individual developer compiler business anymore – that’s not where the cash is. They want to sell multiple enterprise copies to businesses and the more developers at those big companies that are already familiar with their products, the more easily the company will make a capital investment. Standard editions have become MS’s marketing & educational tools. So, they just give away them away after a little indoctrinization.
This site one way to get your own copy: www.learn2asp.net. Just listen to three presentations and they’ll mail you a copy of MS VS 2005 SE. You can sign in using a hot mail account and give them a “separate” mailing address.
Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Standard Edition Includes:
- Microsoft Visual Basic®,
- Microsoft Visual C#®,
- Visual C++®,
- Microsoft Visual J#®
- Tools for building Windows® and Web solutions
- SmartPhone and Pocket PC development tools
- Tools for visually designing databases, queries, and stored procedures
This is what the demos look like: