For the last decade at least, Microsoft's Visual Studio has been the most powerful suite for developing software. It's the first choice for the majority of professional software developers. However, VS has always been very expensive, at around $1000.
In 2014, Microsoft made a major decision. Visual Studio is now free for almost everyone, except teams of professional developers. If you want to use it at home or for non-commercial purposes, it's free. If you're a professional developer but you work alone, it's also free.
The latest version of the free edition, called Visual Studio Community, is the 2015 incarnation. You'll find it at https://www.visualstudio.com/en-us/products/visual-studio-community-vs.aspx for download. Although the installer is only 0.2 MB, be aware that it will subsequently download at least 6 GB of files during installation, so make sure you have the disk space and the download allowance before you start.
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