Similar to the 2010 version, you are basically downloading 'evaluation software' until you register. This is silly, but Microsoft have managed to take this to a new level.
The new version of VS.Net 2012 Express will not let you register until you enter:
- A business name
- A business phone number
- An address
- Technologies you are interested in
I'm using this for personal use, mostly to play with new .Net technologies. This is related to any company. Thanks for making it all a bit more painful than it needs to be.
I'm guessing this was an attempt to gather more information about who is using the express version.
As a result for Microsoft's purposes I'm now a developer from Tajikistan, interested in classic ASP (a language I haven't touched in well over 5 years).