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Visual Studio 2008 RTM now on MSDN subscriber downloads

Visual Studio 2008 RTM now on MSDN subscriber downloads

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In case you didn't see this elsewhere, if you're an MSDN subscriber you can download Visual Studio 2008 right away. And .NET 3.5 of course. All very cool.

While there are a whole host of new features (and the Moth's blog is a great place to read about some of these, for example this link) the three that stand out for me are:

  • Proper targeting of Windows Vista, and great support for developing WPF apps
  • Full support for Office 2007 development in VS Pro - no need to buy a separate product (ie the old VSTO product no longer exists)
  • And of course: LINQ in .NET 3.5

Other people will, I'm sure, have a different set of favourite features. So don't flame me if I've failed to mention something that you think should have been in my top 3! :-)

For those of you developing on Windows Live, don't forget to get hold of the extensions to VS 2008 that make life easier for you.

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  • If you can get there. I have been gettting server errors from MSDN downloads all morning.

  • Yes, I'm having trouble too. I have been assured that this is being worked on as a matter of urgency.

  • Doesnt seem to have been added yet, or at least not flagged as public yet.

  • Seems to be ok now.

  • Does anyone actualy see VS 2008? We paid a LOT of money for VS2005 Team suite with SA, and I don't see 2008. I have VS2005 and all its glory, but no VS2008.

  • I don't see it listed under Developer Tools!

  • Yep, but without the VS2008 download...

  • I see Team Suite 2008 (under developer tools)? Does this not appear for you?

  • I guess they have removed it while they sort out the problems with the MSDN platform. I guess there is prette much load on those servers now.

  • Seems to log in, but no references to VS2008 anywhere (nor .NET 3.5)

  • Team Suite is normally not a part of my download which is the Gold Partner downloads. Normally, I should see the Team Developer Edition - perhaps that's why?

  • I've had error all day long, too. Now I can get in, but there's no VS2008 :-(

  • I think it depends on your subscription level. Does anyone have specific details on who gets what when?

  • I probably posted slightly too early, and my apologies if that's caused undue distress. Team Suite is there now though. But as people have pointed out that's only true if you have the appropriate subscription.

    Keep watching for other versions.

  • Okay, Ian - that is understandable. I hope there are someone, somewhere that can elaborate on the "keep watching" timeline :)

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