It’s not really news anymore since people have been downloading bits and blogging about it all weekend, but Beta 2 has shipped.
You can find the official press release here:
REDMOND, Wash. — April 18, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced availability of Visual Studio® 2005 Beta 2, Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2 and the SQL Server (TM) 2005 April Community Technology Preview (CTP), the latest milestone in delivering these products to customers. Together, the products provide a deeply integrated development and data management platform, enabling customers to utilize existing skills and familiar tools to harness data in powerful new ways that increase productivity and efficiency.
If you don’t have an MSDN Subscription (and you really should as you’ll see in my next post in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to Team System series), you can order DVDs from this page: http://msdn.microsoft.com/getthebetas/.
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