via Slashdot. Joel writes another interesting article titled, "How Microsoft Lost the API War."

Through their Empower ISV program you can get five complete sets of MSDN Universal (otherwise known as "basically every Microsoft product except Flight Simulator") for about $375. Command line compilers for the .NET languages are included with the free .NET runtime... also free. The C++ compiler is now free. Anything to encourage developers to build for the .NET platform, and holding just short of wiping out companies like Borland.

That's correct. MS is offering a free C++ compiler and MSDN Universal for $375.

-Chris