Welcome to the fifth Community Convergence update. This file is published on my blog, and shortly thereafter on the front page of the C# Developer Center. To comment on this entry, please go to my blog.
The Visual Studio Orcas September Community Technology Preview is available for download. This is a preview of the next version of Visual Studio. It can only be downloaded as a Virtual PC image.
The Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta is now available. The team has been working on this for months, and it has been a high priority effort with major input from a few on the developer team and nearly everyone in QA. You can go to the connect site to find out how to join the beta and download the image.
Microsoft VP S. Somasegar has a post on VS 2005 SP1. He dedicates a good portion of his text to a discussion of Vista, and focuses particularly on the VS 2005 SP1 compatibility issues that are associated with Vista. The post states that Vista should have support for all .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0 applications, but that VS 2003 will not be supported.
The C# team has a new technical video featuring PM’s from the IDE team. Watch Karen Liu and DJ Park step up to the white board and explain the Language Analysis Framework (LAF), Quick Info, extension methods, and related matters.
A new Orcas draft specification is available for download. Called DLINQ Data Types and Functions, it is a companion piece to the Mapping draft specification that was released last week. Please go to the blog version of this post to comment.