Update to Jenny's post: The Community editions actually started since VS 2013. (2013 is great free platform for producing get-in-and-out-quick project releases, as unlike 2015 it's stable itself.) Express editions still exist even in 2015, but "express" editions are now aimed as light platforms for individual targets (i.e. choose one of Web or Desktop or W10) rather than the Express 2008/2010 single language (i.e. choose one of c++, c#, vb ...) style. Even then the official Express download site suggests people really should consider Community - why wouldn't you?