Is Visual Studio Express Edition 2010 free?

On this page: http://www.microsoft.com/express/Windows/ it says it is a set of free tools. But the splash screen at the start says it is only for evaluation purposes. And the about screen has a trial countdown timer counting down the days to when it presumably stops working.

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It is free, quoted from http://www.microsoft.com/express/Downloads/

"Express requires that you register 
your evaluation copy within 30 days of installation. Once you've 
entered your Registration Key, the product is free"

The registration link is http://www.microsoft.com/express/support/regins/

  • That page no longer works although the code you need is 6VPJ7-H3CXH-HBTPT-X4T74-3YVY7
    – Jan S
    Apr 22, 2018 at 10:00
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    – Jan S
    Apr 22, 2018 at 10:40

The express editions have always been free to use, going back to VS2005. I imagine that will continue, which is just as well since Microsoft eliminated the Standard edition from the 2010 lineup.

  • Frankly, the Express edition comes with very good functionality. Pretty much the only thing you'll miss the the lack of extensibility.
    – surfasb
    Jun 30, 2011 at 3:55

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