Visual Studio "Orcas" and the .NET 3.5 Framework are now in public beta, w00t!
Get an early look at Visual Studio code name "Orcas"
The next version of Visual Studio, Microsoft® Visual Studio® code name “Orcas”, will provide an industry-leading developer experience for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and the Web. In addition, it will continue in the Microsoft tradition of development language innovation. To enable early feedback, this page provides links to Community Technology Preview (CTP) and Beta releases of Visual Studio code name “Orcas”, and for technologies that we plan to include in it. As previews of additional technologies become available, we will make them available from this page. Read more about it in the recently published whitepaper as well.
Download the public beta here! Keep in mind it is a *beta*. I do not recommend installing Beta software in any environment other than a virtual one, or one that you can wipe out and rebuild later when new versions are released.
DO NOT PASS GO, DO NOT COLLECT $200 before reading Scott Guthrie's "First Look" at Orcas!!