I hope that everyone has had a chance to download Beta 2 of Whidbey as there have been many improvements since Beta 1.  If not, you can download it here: http://lab.msdn.microsoft.com/vs2005/get/.

Two of the features that we've improved since Beta 1 are Brief and Emacs emulations.  We've made many changes based on customer and internal feedback to try to re-create the basic editor experience of these two Editors.  We've eliminated the requirement that you need to set two separate options to use the Emulations.  You can now simply go to Tools Options/Environment/Keyboard and choose Brief or Emacs from the drop down list. On some SKUs the Brief and Emacs keybindings were omitted.  If you can't find them in your list of Keyboard schemes, download this file and extract the contents to C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 8\Common7\IDE (or the installation path you chose at install time).

Let us know if you have any feedback on the emulations! Feel free to comment on this blog or use MSDN Product Feedback.

Thanks,

Sean Laberee