I recently became interested in .Net (C#). Installing a MSDN version of Visual Studio just overwhelmed me with options/features I didn't really like it.
Another thing you might want to check out for experimental use is C# Builder (http://www.borland.com/products/downloads/download_csharpbuilder.html). The personal edition is free for non-commercial use.
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I was going to second the recommendation to at least look at C# Builder.
A while back I heard that the IntelliJ people were going to create a .NET IDE. Other people I know heard this too, but nobody seems to remember where. IntellIJ's site says nothing about it.
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