So just for the sake of information to those who didn't know it, you can now get MS Visual Studio 2010 Professional Edition RC for free testing.
These are some of the new things doled out in the new version.
I haven't used it yet. Just downloaded it a while ago. From user reviews that I read, it seems this one's got a lot of new tool to program applications for Windows 7. I will put up a review once I use it enough. Till then feel 'free' to try your hands at it. Those who still program in visual basic can upgrade to visual basic .net. It's more efficient than classic vb.
- New prototyping, modeling, and visual design tools enable you to create innovative applications for Windows and the Web
- Create a shared vision as a foundation for creativity with SketchFlow ,in Microsoft Expression® Studio , and Team Foundation Server
- Take advantage of new opportunities & capabilities offered by multi-core programming and cloud development tools
You can get your copy of Visual Studio 2010 RC here
If you want to use a stable version, then Visual Studio 2008 Express edition is given off as free and is sufficient for most coding work. If you need more power tools then professional edition is the one for you, but it will cost you too.
You can get your copy of Visual Studio 2008 here