I am very happy to announce that the Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET 4.5 Beta releases are now available for download.

I previously blogged about some of the innovation that went into the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview releases at //BUILD/:

Since //BUILD/, we’ve been hard at work on the beta releases, and I’m excited at the improvements that have been made on the feature sets previously shown, as well as on the slew of new functionality and value that’s been added.

For a more in-depth view on these beta releases, see Jason Zander’s blog.  And for those of you yearning to learn more about how to build great apps for Windows 8, check out the new Windows 8 app developer blog.

Since the Visual Studio 11 “sneak peek” event held on Thursday, we’ve been listening intently to all of the feedback you’ve provided.  We very much appreciate the comments you’ve shared with us, and we look forward to hearing more from you once you’ve begun using the beta bits.

Namaste!