talbott writes: "Visual Studio Express is Alive and Well. I had to write this blog post after reading Peter Bright’s post on Ars Technica called "No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8: You won’t be able to use the free Visual Studio Express to develop desktop apps". In Peter’s article he slams Microsoft by saying that "Redmond has decided not only that Visual Studio Express users should have the ability to develop Metro-style applications: they should have no other choice." This is quite an exaggeration since Microsoft still has 6 versions of Visual Studio Express available for download for building Windows 8 desktop applications (VB 2008 and 2010 Express, Visual C# 2008 and 2010 Express, and Visual C++ 2008 and 2010 Express). Students don't have to develop applications for Metro, they can use the many free IDE's including the 11 from Microsoft and dozens from other companies to build applications either web, desktop, mobile, or whatever for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8."