First off - the new release. Vs7.0 SP1 is out. This is the SP for VS2002. It bundles a ton of QFE's into it, plus security fixes. Man, we are happy to see this go. The security fixes on our end were difficult for us to do and its great to see this go out to customers after so long. The download is here. Im still waiting for the release notes to come out so I can point out some of the more interesting fixes we took.
The second is a customer question from an earlier blog post. RonO asked:
Do you plan to address the availability of Beta2 via an ordering process (a la http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/get/order/default.aspx)? This wasn't in place untill well after Beta1 was released and once it was it took a while to actually get the order delivered. It would be nice to see this available from the start of Beta2.
We will have an ordering process for Beta2 kits to the public - it will be linked off of http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/. It should go live almost immediately as Beta2 is released. However MSDN subscribers will get the chance to download the Beta2 immediately as it goes live (we just prop the bits on the server). The kits take a little longer to get as we have to prepare them (burn the cd, package them etc). It would be a good idea to sign up for the MSDN subscription if you want to get your hands on the Beta2 bits immediately.