Visual Studio Express was supplanted by the Visual Studio Community edition, which is also available for free. Compared to Visual Studio Express, the new license is more friendly to open-source but less for some closed source developers. Express editions of Visual Studio 2015 are, however, still available for the time being. Microsoft quietly released “Express 2017 for Windows Desktop”.
Visual Studio 2005 Express, the first version of Visual Studio Express, was released on October 2005, with support until 2015. It runs on Windows 2000 SP4 and later. Service Pack 1 for 2005 Express was released on December 2006. 30-day trial period has been required since the release of Visual Studio Express 2008.
Visual Studio 2008 Express was released in November 2007, with its Service Pack 1 released on August 11, 2008. Visual Studio 2008 and 2010 Express require Windows XP SP3 or later. Although Windows 2000 is no longer supported, Visual Studio 2008 Express can develop applications to run on Windows 2000.