With the release of Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) Beta 2, there have been a number of questions around the timing and availability of the Entity Framework.
As previously announced, the ADO.NET Entity Framework will be shipped as a small, incremental update on top of Visual Studio 2008. As promised, we will have Beta releases of the Entity Framework that correspond to the Beta 2 and RTM releases of Orcas. A Beta 2 release of the Entity Framework that works with the recent release of Orcas Beta 2 will be available later this month, along with a list of the new features available in that release.
Please check back regularly for updates.
Program Manager, Data Programmability