No more new Visual Studio Express Editions for developing non-metro apps
According to Ars Technica, the free Visual Studio Express 2011(or 2012) will no longer support building standard desktop applications using C++. It will only support building metro apps for the upcoming Windows 8 OS.
As a long term user of Visual Studio Express edition, it is a blow to C++ developers worldwide. Microsoft must have its own reasons, but hoping that they will reconsider.