Quoting from Microsoft’s SQL website:

“SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is free to download, has no time limits, and is freely redistributable (with registration). With a database size limit of 4 gigabytes (GB) and support for 1 CPU and up to 1 gigabyte (GB) of RAM, SQL Server 2005 Express Edition is suitable for application embedding or lightweight application development.”

And from Visual Studio 2005’s website:

We are announcing a pricing promotion for Visual Studio Express – for the first year after the products launch on November 7th, 2005, customers will be able to visit MSDN to download their copy of Visual Studio Express for free!**

Now, what am I to do with my recently purchased, albeit discounted, versions of Visual Basic.net and SQL Server 2000?

Well, at least MSFT is offering free e-learning courses, too.