Exert from Mykre’s Blog – damn he was quick, even the XNA team blog or any of the XNA team haven’t even announced it yet!!!
XNA Game Studio Express has Finally been released to the public…. Now I know that I am probably early… 🙂
"XNA Game Studio Express enables hobbyists, academics, and small, independent game developers to easily create video games for Windows and the Xbox 360 console using new, optimized cross-platform gaming libraries based on .NET. This official release enables the creation of games for Windows XP SP2-based PCs. Combined with an active membership in the XNA Creators Club (available from Xbox Live Marketplace), you can also create, debug, and play games on your Xbox 360 console."
When installing the product please make sure that you remove any previous versions of the XNA Framework or Game Studio Express.
"The XNA Framework redistributable provides the necessary runtime components to execute a game on Windows that was developed using Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0. Installation of this runtime is not necessary on systems that already have Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 installed.
The End User License Agreement (EULA) for Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 covers the terms under which developers may use the Redistributable. For full details, please review the Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 EULA.
The runtime components in the XNA Framework Redistributable require .NET Framework 2.0 and the latest version of the DirectX 9 runtime."