We're live!!!  After nearly a year and a half, we've reached another milestone for Visual Studio.

The Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 bits shipped to MSDN this morning.  It'll be more broadly available in a few days once the servers are sync'd up but if you have an MSDN subscription, go ahead and download Beta 1 now!

For me, the most exciting thing about Beta 1 will be the Extension Manager and the new Visual Studio Gallery.  My team has been working on it for nearly a year now from planning to implementation to testing and it's great to see our feature ship in the product!

In the next few days and weeks, I'll be posting more and more about the extension manager.  I'll go into details about our deployment model, the tools provided in the SDK to help you package and build your extensions, and all the cool things you can do with the extension manager.

For now, go download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 and try it out!