Phil, There are very few (serious) universities that start a computer science student off in VS. Why? Because it does not help teach you the 'life lessons' of programming, that you get when you learn with the likes of UML. As people of said, VS is but a really nice fancy GUI. Thats it. It is not a programming language. The language is either C#, VB, etc... The point of the RPi project is to produce an educational tool. Its a shame that almost 100% of reporting has been about the XMBC port or the 25 dollar price. But this modern day journalism for you. It is extremely hard to produce a windows based system for anything like the 25-30gbp amount the model B will sell for (if you include P&P). Part of the appeal of using ARM with the built in graphics that it has, running at 1080p, is that it is a very powerful little unit that produces little heat, requires little power and can use very cheap cables and accessories to get you started. There is a chap in the US who is getting funding together so that his local schools can 'give' the kids one of these each. They can have them for a school year and plug them in to their TV or computer monitor at home, with some donated super cheap keyboards and mice. Try that with a PC. Yes we could all go out and find some ancient old PCs, but they would weigh with their steel case, 100 times more than the RPi, use a lot more power, require 'old connector PS2' type keyboards and mice, not have the modern graphics of the RPi. They would not be portable, not run as quickly as the RPi and you would likely have a lot of problems with hardware failures. Children today should NOT be given the easy option every time. There is a reason why it is better for kids to find things hard, because that is what real life is like. Learning to program on an RPi will take a girl/boy in to HELLO WORLD within 15 mins, small graphics in 30 to 45 mins. Its then up to the teacher and the children themselves to expand and with imagination, produce fantastic pieces of code. Yes, they might not be perfectly formatted like VS would force you in to (in a nice MS way ofc) but for the child they can say, I did this.