Stonking good news. The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Release Candidate (RC) is now available to all MSDN Subscribers. It will be available to my dad (who is not an MSDN Subscriber) on Wednesday (Feb 10, 2010). Even better, my dad (and you) can take advantage of the go-live license to deploy code into a production environment.
If you are a subscriber, download now.
More detail over on Jason Zanders blog.
P.S. If you are a UK developer interested in Azure head over to http://ukazure.ning.com and be amongst friends.