announced today on the availability of . This is the first official beta that is put out in public. Some CTP releases have been made available in the past. The .iso images should be available soon. But for now the Virtual PC version can be downloaded from the . The good news is that this VPC is also based on the .

Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” delivers on Microsoft’s vision of smart client applications by enabling developers to rapidly create connected applications that deliver the highest quality rich user experiences. This new version enables any size organization to rapidly create more secure, manageable, and more reliable applications that take advantage of Windows Vista, 2007 Office System and the Web. By building these new types of applications, organizations will find it easier than ever before to capture and analyze information so that they can make effective business decisions.
For an overview of Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” and to see the list of features that are available in this beta release please review the Visual Studio Code Name “Orcas” Overview Whitepaper located
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This beta release is available in English and Japanese only.

In this beta 1 of Visual Studio "Orcas" the 5 main technology areas covered are:

  • Handle data more smoothly
  • Enable new web experience
  • Improve application life-cycle management
  • Target Windows Vista and .NET Framework 3.0 development
  • Create Microsoft Office applications 

Get your download started! The release of beta 1 comes just in time for my presentation on the topic next week at the Innovation Day! So you can expect a couple of posts on these exciting new features of the .NET Framework 3.5 in the next couple of days.

The first Community Technology Preview of all four Visual Studio Express "Orcas" products are also available for download now: