Visual Studio SP1 beta is available for Download, it includes hundreds of bug fixes and customer-reported QFEs as well as over 60 new features. You can read more about it on Soma's Blog or ScottGu's Blog.

 

I went through some of the Top rated Connect bugs which were submitted over the last few months since we shipped the RTM version. Most of the top voted ones were fixed as part of this SP and here are some of them:

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=318702

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=311732

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=309462

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=318702

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=317870

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=327222

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=330500

-          https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/ViewFeedback.aspx?FeedbackID=311797

 

I encourage everyone to download the Visual Studio SP1 beta and give us feedback by submitting bugs & suggestions on this release in the http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio site, the issues you submit on that site are opened directly in our bug tracking database. The product units across Developer Division are closely monitoring the incoming feedback on the SP1 Beta. The next few weeks are the time to have an impact on this release, I therefore encourage you to install the beta ASAP and keep the feedback coming!!!!!!!

 

For general discussion or questions about the release please use the following forum http://forums.microsoft.com/MSDN/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=2136&SiteID=1

 

The download pages are:

·         Visual Studio SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CF99C752-1391-4BC3-BABC-86BC0B9E8E5A&displaylang=en

-          Read Me Page: http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/F/D/8FD2A9F0-C3D4-4B0A-80AF-88D738DCDDF4/VSReadme.htm

·         .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=8C36ACA4-E947-4760-9B05-93CAC04C6F87&displaylang=en

-          Read Me Page:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/F/D/8FD2A9F0-C3D4-4B0A-80AF-88D738DCDDF4/dotNetReadMe.htm

·         Visual Studio Express SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BDB6391C-05CA-4036-9154-6DF4F6DEBD14&displaylang=en

-          Read Me Page:  http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/F/D/8FD2A9F0-C3D4-4B0A-80AF-88D738DCDDF4/ExpressReadme.htm

·         Team Foundation Server SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DCB535BE-C32E-474C-9F64-282A2849ACC5&displaylang=en

 

If you encounter a setup issue, it is recommended to run the Collector tool to gather the appropriate logs to help us reproduce the issue, you can attach the resulting file with your bug/suggestion submission on the connect site.

 

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The Japanese community can file feedback about the SP1 Beta on the Japanese connect site: http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudioJapan . Below are the Download links as well as the read me links.

 

Japanese Download Pages:

·         Visual Studio SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CF99C752-1391-4BC3-BABC-86BC0B9E8E5A&displaylang=ja

-          Read Me Page: http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/e/3/ee3aedd2-3ef5-4878-964d-332e6b0e05d1/VSReadme.htm

·         .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=65ADB632-627A-4543-A820-0CEF436A6D07&displaylang=ja

-          Read Me Page: http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/e/3/ee3aedd2-3ef5-4878-964d-332e6b0e05d1/dotNetReadMe.htm

·         Visual Studio Express SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=BDB6391C-05CA-4036-9154-6DF4F6DEBD14&displaylang=ja

-          Read Me Page: http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/e/3/ee3aedd2-3ef5-4878-964d-332e6b0e05d1/ExpressReadme.htm

·         Team Foundation Server SP1 Beta:  http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=DCB535BE-C32E-474C-9F64-282A2849ACC5&displaylang=ja

-          Read Me Page: http://download.microsoft.com/download/e/e/3/ee3aedd2-3ef5-4878-964d-332e6b0e05d1/TFSReadme.htm