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Get Visual Studio 2005 free and make me feel better

Visual_studio_2005I was so happy to post that Windows Mobile 6 emulator only to quickly find that most of you likely couldn’t use it. You do need Visual Studio 2005 in addition to the free files I mentioned. Since I feel so badly about the rug getting yanked from under your desktop, how about a free offer for Visual Studio to make up for it? Just hit up this Microsoft link, register and then attend two Visual Basic 2005 labcasts to get yourself a free copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard (worth $299). Sure, you have to work a little to run that emulator after all, but you might just learn something. Whew, now I can sleep with a clean conscience…

10 Responses to “Get Visual Studio 2005 free and make me feel better”

  1. Scotty

    On May 15 I finally got the email with the redemption code! Shipping is $9.50 and the page estimates shipping time as 1 to 3 weeks.

  2. OK, I registered, I signed up for two labcasts, I attended them, I worked the exercises, I submitted the evaluations (with what I think were good feedbacks on how to improve the experience) and …. nada …

    I just checked back on the link and they don’t say what happens next. They just say “Sign up, submit”.

    Anyone else gotten an email or link to take this to the next step?

  3. Everyone should keep in mind the “while supplies last” clause on this offer. If you sign up for labcasts in May they may be out of copies by then.

  4. Oops,

    Kevin, can you take the email address’s out of that last post i made under “——–Original Message——–“, in case an spam bots track it on your site?

    Sorry about that guy’s. very silly of me to forget to remove that lol.

  5. I made an enquiry on behalf of us individuals who are not lucky enough to live in the USA ;). Here is the email i sent and responce i got from them. They didn’t seem to care that i was from the UK. It seems that anyone and join the labcasts and get a copy of VS2005 as long as they pay for the postage.

    Hello James,

    Thank you for contacting Microsoft Online Customer Service.

    I understand that you would like to know if an individual is eligible to receive the complimentary copy of the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition if they were to participate in the required number of Labcasts.

    To qualify for the complimentary copy of Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition, you need to complete any 2 (live or on-demand) Visual Basic 2005 Labcast Series and submit the evaluation form upon completing each labcast. You can register for more labcasts at:

    Should you have other concerns regarding, please feel free to write back.

    Thank you,

    Microsoft Online Customer Service Representative

    If you have any feedback about your Online Customer Service experience, please send them to my manager, Ivy Rabago at;en;1390&showpage=1&WS=managermail Please do not forget to indicate the name of my manager in the subject field.

    —–Original Message—–
    Date: Thursday, March 15, 2007 04:30 PM
    To: CS ([email protected])
    Subject: complimentary Visual Studio 2005

    First Name: James
    Last Name: Roberts

    Country/Region: United Kingdom


    Problem Area: General inquiry
    Message: Hi,

    I reside in the UK and work for a company that manufactures aftermarket products for vehicles. Although this isn’t primarily a software development company a lot of in house applications are being scripted and the IT department is currently very interested in moving it’s software development over to use the .Net framework. I have seen your current promotion for the complimentary Visual Studio Standard Edition and would like to know whether an individual would be elidgeble to recieve this promotion product if they were to participate in the required number of Labcasts?

    Thank you. I look forward to your responce.


  6. Here are the subjexts for the Labcasts you have to chose from. Should be a breeze !!

    Incorporating Visual Basic .NET Windows Forms with Visual Basic 6 Ap

    Visual Basic 6 Asynchronous File I/O Using the .NET Framework

    Adding ClickOnce Deployment to Visual Basic Applications

    An Introduction to ASP.NET for Visual Basic Developers

    Building a Word Document Using Visual Basic and SQL Server Data

    Using Visual Basic to Create an Excel Chart Based on SQL Server Data

    While I am sure Kevin , as always, is looking out for the flock, I for one know that I would be hard pressed to pass the required “evaluation” at the end of the two labcasts. Heck, I dont even understand the Titles LOL

    Thanks anyway Kevin. Like Linus Torvahl (LINUX creator) said : Software is like Sex, It is better when it is free!” Or something like that