Cool! Click here to get your self a copy ofVisual Studio 2005 express. it asked me for my passport username and password, so it probably will you to! If you want to find out about express, check out the Visual Studio 2005 express tools info site. the betas are available to everyone with an internet connection, as far as i can see, which is cool. the express tools are designed to be starter products for students and hobbiests. The tools are listed here and one of the new features is SQL Server 2005 Express. also, the site says that non express versions (pro, enterprise, etc) will be released as betas for a small fee to the public soon, and it says it will be on the MSDN subscribers site soon. that info is here. this is going to be cool!