I believe Microsoft is really missing or deliberately ignoring the way the community thinks about Express. For the community VS Express is not only the version you use to try out Visual Studio but also the only free version of Visual Studio. In many cases Express
is the version that competes with other product like Eclipse which are free. Express is what I use for my pet projects at home and I do not qualify for Dreamspark or Bizspark and I believe this is the case with many devs. I believe with IntelliJ IDEA introducing
a free version there is no popular IDE that doesn't have production ready free version except Visual Studio.
And in the light of all that - two words: Unit Testing?!?!?!
I get a feeling that Microsoft are turning the Gu into .NET mascot. That is cool. Duke (the Java mascot) should be warried. Soon MS will be selling The Gu action figures. BTW where can I get a "What Would Scott Gu Do?" T-shirt?