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S. Somasegar, Microsoft Corporate VP in the Developer Division, just announced that Visual Studio "Orcas" and .NET FX 3.5 Beta 1 has shipped. MSDN subscribers can download the .iso or the VPC image immediately. If you are not a current MSDN subscriber, you can still download the bits from here. Note that it may take a little while for the .iso images to make it to the Microsoft Download Center although the VPC image is already available as a set of WinRAR files. Enjoy!