I normally don't make a big deal out of localized languages shipping but this one's special. We've been working on it for a long time (since I was still on the VS Setup team) so it's great to see this come to life and finally be released to customers. Visual Studio mainly ships in 9 primary languages which we target to be released a month or two after the English version is released. Then we aim for the smaller markets such as Portugese Brazillian and Russian.
Building localized products sometimes can be difficult as developers may make assumptions about languages and even UI needs to be changed since things could get clipped when translating into another language. For the Russian Visual Studio product, my team was hit with several build breaks and missing files for the Visual Studio Integrated and Isolated Shells.
Well, all of that is behind us now as we've finally released the Russian edition.
Here's a hodge podge of links in case you're interested in trying out the Russian version of Visual Studio 2008:
Visual Studio Team Suite Trial (90 days) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D95598D7-AA6E-4F24-82E3-81570C5384CB&displaylang=ru
Visual Studio Team Foundation Server Trial (90 days) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B0155166-B0A3-436E-AC95-37D7E39A440C&displaylang=ru
Visual Studio Professional Trial (90 days) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=83C3A1EC-ED72-4A79-8961-25635DB0192B&displaylang=ru
VSTS 2008 Test Load Agent Trial (90-Day Trial) - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=572E1E71-AE6B-4F92-960D-544CABE62162&displaylang=ru
MSDN Library for Visual Studio 2008 - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=6FF3BC60-32C8-4C22-8591-A20BF8DFF1A2&displaylang=ru