Visual Studio Orcas Beta 2 shipped a few weeks ago and folks have been asking how to work with the Entity Framework using the new Beta. Well, a couple of days ago we shipped the Beta 2 of the Entity Framework, which will integrate nicely with Visual Studio Beta 2.
This beta includes a bunch of work that we've been doing in the last few months. Probably the single most exciting thing in it is the fact that we finally included our visual design tools for EDM schema modeling and mapping. This should significantly reduce (and sometimes eliminate) the amount of time you spend dealing with the Entity Framework XML files.
A description of the release, the new features, and pointers to the download pages are available in the ADO.NET team blog.
As always, feedback is very welcome.