Easing access to hotfixes
In our continued efforts to improve the availability of hotfixes for Visual Studio and the .NET framework, we've eliminated the registration requirement on the Connect site which contains our most commonly requested hotfixes. We're looking into more ways to make product updates such as these even easier to find and apply, this improvement should certainly ease the acquisition process.
Since we don't do a tremendous amount of testing with each of the fixes, I wouldn't recommend picking them all up blindly. Instead, only pick up those that address a particular problem that you're experiencing and wait for the Service Packs in order to get a wholesale product update that's been fully regression tested.