A customer recently asked me if they can use the standard Microsoft explorer icons in their applications. The answer is yes! In fact Soma blogged about the extended set of Icons we have in VS2005, but basically you can find the VS 2005 Image Library at %vs install path%/common7/ide/vs2005imagelibrary/vs2005imagelibrary.zip. The Windows, Office, and Visual Studio icons that we license for reuse are all contained in there.
We’d love to hear feedback on what is missing, what you found really valuable, etc.