Visual Studio 2005 is the latest version of the Visual Studio product from Microsoft. This version is released in November 2005.
Visual Studio 2005 is an advanced editor (or a development environment) that supports various languages and technologies including C#, VB.NET, ASP.NET etc. It may cost you close to US$ 1000 to purchase the license for VS.NET 2005. There is no free download of Visual Studio 2005 available.
However, there is a good news for developers. Microsoft has released a light weight version of Visual Studio .NET. It is split into several small products and it is FREE for 1 year. If you download them within 1 year from the date of release, you can use them free for ever!
Microsoft gives trial versions of Visual Studio 2005 in DVDs. These versions are limited to 90 days or 180 days and after that they will not work. The DVDs are free, but you have to pay shipping and handling charges. You can download Visual Studio trail versions from this site.
The Visual Studio Express Editions are free download and not time limited trial editions. If you are not planning to spend money on purchasing Visual Studio, it is a good idea to download and install express edition.