Good friend, noted life coach and keen blogger Tony Goodhew dropped me a note reminding me about Orcas Beta1 availability!

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 give some idea of the scope of the new features in Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) we delivered over 400 features in Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" we have almost 600! We also fixed around 4500 customer issues (VS 05 SP1 was around 1600)

To get your hands on the latest version please see:

Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Downloads

 

Or for Beta1 specifically visit:

  • Visual Studio Team Suite-Only VPC
  • Visual Studio Team Suite with Team Foundation Server VPC
  • Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Express Editions.