Like many small development shops and one man/woman software entrepreneurs, I have a limited budget for development tools. Currently the best value option for me is the Visual Studio Professional with MSDN Professional subscription. However, this does not give me access to any of the expression products, which would be very useful for Silverlight and WPF projects.
I am particularly interested in using Expression Blend for design work; Sketchflow for customer demo’s and specs; and Expression Encoder for encoding videos for my Silverlight web pages.
The great news is that you can take advantage of the Expression 3 Upgrade Offer if you own a licensed copy of Visual Studio 2005 or later. The upgrade price offers developers a considerable saving on the full price alternative.