Whidbey Beta 1 Ships

Well, we've finally released beta 1 of .NET 2.0 and Visual Studio 2005.  In adition to the beta 1 release, we've also announced Express SKUs for Visual C++, Visual Basic, Visual C#, Visual J#, and SQL Server (as well as a web developer express SKU).  The Express SKUs target students and people just learning to program, and the betas will be free to download.

MSDN subscribers can download beta 1 of VS 2005 here, and anyone can download the express SKUs for free here.  Go ahead and download a copy to start playing with.  I'll have some posts later this week on what's new for various security features and ClickOnce.

Somasegar (the developer division VP), has some more information available about the Express SKUs on his blog today.  You can also find the VS 2005 Beta 1 Readme and MSDN Documentation for VS and .NET 2.0.

One other exciting feature that's available on the VS 2005 site, is the Product Feedback Center, where you can report bugs and suggestions, and track their status.

Comments (7)
  1. sb says:

    Can the express C# safely co-exist with VS 2003?

  2. Shawn says:

    Sure can. VS 2002, 2003, and 2005 are all side-by-side compatible. That being said however, this is a beta, and there is the possibility that a bug may cause some problems. If you do stumble across an issue there, you could file it in the new Feedback Center, since they should be able to work side-by-side.


  3. Anonymous says:

    bitnode::coherent thoughts

  4. Rob Gibbens says:

    I am a MSDN Universal subscriver, but I don’t see where to download the full beta. All I see are the Express products. Am I missing something? On the linked page, it says…

    Before you install

    Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1 represents the most stable pre-release build to date. Unlike the alpha or Community Technology Previews, betas receive a much higher level of testing and feature work. However, while the quality is much higher, this is still unsupported pre-release software and there are some precautions you should take. Please make sure you read the release notes prior to installing any pre-release software. Also, there is no "Go Live" license for this beta release, so your use of this beta is limited to testing and evaluation only.

    How to get it

    MSDN Subscribers will be the first to receive Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1, which will be available for subscriber download within just a few days. MSDN Subscribers will also receive Beta 1 in their next MSDN shipments. Within a few weeks, non-subscribers will also be able to order a copy of Beta 1 for a nominal fulfillment fee.

  5. Shawn says:

    Ahh … There may be a delay before the bits propagate to MSDN. When the link becomes available, I’ll post it here.

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