Visual Studio 11 Beta is now available for download. Take a look at what's new in Visual Studio 11 Beta and .NET Framework 4.5 Beta on MSDN and for a more in-depth discussion, see Jason Zander’s discussion of the Beta release. The focus  on streamlining the development experience so you can get stuff done more quickly. To get the details take a look at this article.

While you’re at it why not check out the new Windows 8 App Developer Blog to learn more about how to build great Metro style apps for Windows 8.