Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC


I am pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC. 


 


You can download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 from here.  Over the next couple of days, we will make Silverlight 1.0 RC available for download as well.


 


The road to Beta 2 has been an exciting one for me and my team.  With our focus on delivering frequent CTP’s, we really opened the door for real time feedback from the developer community, and drove the development of this product based on that feedback.  With Beta 2 we are feature complete, so now is the time to have your first look if you haven’t seen Visual Studio 2008 yet, or evolve your experience if you have been using our Beta 1 or previous CTP’s.  To add to this, we are also releasing a Go Live license for Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5, and Silverlight 1.0 to make it easier for you to start developing in our next generation of tools.


 


Developers can now use VS2008 and Silverlight 1.0 to build rich interactive applications for the web.  With Silverlight 1.0 RC we will also be releasing a CTP for the Silverlight Add-In for Visual Studio 2008.  With this add-in, developers can start building Silverlight 1.0 applications from within the Visual Studio 2008 environment and work with their designer counterparts using Expression Blend v2 preview.  We expect to deliver the final version of this add-in soon after the final version of Visual Studio 2008.


 


Early this week Scott Guthrie and I recorded a Channel 9 video, which overviews these releases, and some of the new scenarios which we are seeing customers and partners using today.  Make sure you check it out.


 


It has been a fun time building these great products and cool technologies and being able to bring those to you.  With Silverlight 1.0, Visual Studio 2008, and the .NET Framework 3.5 all scheduled to release to manufacturing (RTM) prior to the end of the year – we are set up to have the best era of developer releases we have seen so far.


 


Namaste!


 


 

Comments (75)

  1. Rob Caron says:

    See Soma’s post for the details: Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta

  2. I’m sure there will be many more posts (from me and others) but I wanted to get the good word out quickly

  3. Hot off the press. We just released Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008. Soma has all the details . This is

  4. WynApse says:

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  5. Somasegar’s WebLog からです。 Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and

  6. jinishans says:

    But, somehow i’m not convinced on the version #3.5, what’s that x.5, i dont understand. When 3.1 came, when 3.2 came. If M$ felt they’re giving silverlight, LINQ, etc. etc., they should club everything with .NET 3.0 and still .NET 2.0 is the runtime for 3.5 also, release it as .NET 4.0. Major version, minor version, build version & rev. version are all for us only, not for M$ i think.

    sorry i missed to put the comment…

  7. Clint Gallon says:

    is this the followup to silverlight 1.1 alpha? Or do we have to wait longer?

  8. Hot off the press. We just released Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008. Soma has all the details . Check the

  9. Silverlight 1.0 RC will be soon! More details here . – Marc

  10. Gill Cleeren says:

    Congrats on the release!

    Downloading and can’t wait to get started with it!

  11. B# .NET Blog says:

    No further comments needed – Soma has all of the information on his blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/somasegar

  12. Buck Hodges says:

    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, including Team Foundation Server 2008, is now available for download . As

  13. Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 are now available! You can download them

  14. Soma has just announced that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been shipped ! You can download Visual Studio

  15. Doug Seven says:

    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is now available for download, along with NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2. The Silverlight

  16. Soma has just announced that Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been shipped ! You can download Visual Studio

  17. Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, including Team Foundation Server 2008, is now available for download . As

  18. Silverlight 1.0 RC will be soon! More details here . – Marc

  19. Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 are now available! You can download them

  20. Unfortunately, I don’t have much time to write something up right now, but I wanted to let you know that

  21. Today Scott Guthrie and Somasegar anounced the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and .NET Framework

  22. My VSTS Blog says:

    Well the blogosphere’s already running hot ( Soma , Rob , Scott to name a few) with the news that Visual

  23. G. T. says:

    Nice 🙂

    Thank you a lot

  24. Se acaba de anunciar la disponibilidad oficial de Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 & .NET Framework 3.5

  25. Soma Somasegar a annoncé, via son blog , la disponibilité de Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 et du Framework

  26. Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is now available for download, along with NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2. The Silverlight

  27. Unfortunately, I don't have much time to write something up right now, but I wanted to let you know

  28. Comme vient de l’annoncer S. Somasegar, notre VP responsable de la division ‘Outils de développement"

  29. Jaswant Singh Rana says:

    Nice to see it out. Can someone tell me if I need to download base01.vhd again, or the one release with Beta1  still work?

    Thanks in advance

  30. Comme vient de l'annoncer S. Somasegar, notre VP responsable de la division 'Outils de développement"

  31. You knew them when 🙂 Here they are in all there Beta 2 (.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008) and RC (Silverlight

  32. You knew them when 🙂 Here they are in all their Beta 2 (.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008) and RC (Silverlight

  33. Ponder .NET says:

    VS 2008 here I come!!!!! First the Database Professionals team gets SR1 out the door. Now DevDiv at Microsoft

  34. Somasegar says:

    Hi Clint,

    This RC release for Silverlight is a follow-on to the 1.0 Beta that we delivered earlier this year at MIX.  Once we get done with 1.0, we will focus more on the update for 1.1.

    -somasegar

  35. S. “Soma” Somasegar, corporate vice president of the Microsoft Developer Division unveiled some eagerly anticipated developer tool betas today via his blog: I am pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET Framework 3.5 Bet…

  36. Carol says:

    Hi Jaswant Singh Rana –

    You do not need to download the base image (for the VPC) if you already have it on your machine. You only need the differencing disk.  If you have problems please email me cscott@microsoft.com

  37. I am travelling, but I just wanted to share this news with all those who might be following my blog and

  38. As announced earlier today in this post on Soma’s blog, beta 2 of the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual Studio

  39. vikasgoyal77 says:

    Hi Soma,

    The VS 2008 beta2 download pages does’t seem to be working currently. Also is it possible to provide .NET 3.5 beta 2 in iso format so that it can be archived.

  40. As announced earlier today in this post on Soma's blog, beta 2 of the .NET Framework 3.5 and Visual

  41. As Somasegar and other softies announced , Orcas beta 2 (and .net 3.5 beta 2 with go-live license) is

  42. Khurram Aziz says:

    Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008 is available to download . You will downloads of find Silverlight 1.0 RC,

  43. Vous l’attendiez : la version Bêta 2 de Visual Studio 2008 "Orcas" est disponible depuis ce matin en

  44. Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, including Team Foundation Server 2008, is now available for download . As

  45. Rocky Moore says:

    While I am happy to hear about the VS update, I was hoping we would see a Silverlight beta 1.1 in the mix.  For me, Silverlight does not exist prior to 1.1a so anything 1.0 related has no value.  Will be glad when 1.0 is finally over so we can get some serious betas of 1.1.

    Rocky

    http://www.SilverlightCity.com

    http://www.TheSilverlightDirectory.com

  46. Yesterday, Microsoft released Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008. You can read more about it at Soma’s blog post….

  47. First, the IronRuby bits hit on Monday. Now, the beta 2 bits are out for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET

  48. brian says:

    Thanks for all your hard work!  But please get the Silverlight 1.1 beta out.  Need .net framework on client…sick an tired of javascript debugging!!!

  49. First, the IronRuby bits hit on Monday. Now, the beta 2 bits are out for Visual Studio 2008 and the

  50. Somasegar’s WebLog is Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight

  51. Ned Hamilton says:

    Does Beta 1 have to be uninstalled first?

  52. Folks Just wanted to give you a heads up that, the Beta2 of Visual Studio 2008 is available for you to

  53. I just counted 68 blog entries on http://blogs.msdn.com posted within the last 24 hours with a title

  54. You do have to uninstall all previous beta or CTP releases of Orcas / Visual Studio 2008 before installing Beta 2.

    -Bret

  55. I know, I am a little late on this one, but if for some strange reason you did not hear the news, we

  56. B# .NET Blog says:

    As you've heard by now, Orcas beta 2 (or should I start to talk about VS2008 and .NET Framework 3

  57. Adrian Roman says:

    Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) Beta 2 este disponibil pentru download

  58. msdn Austria says:

    Die Beta 2 von Visual Studio 2008 wurde offiziell am Freitag zum Download freigegeben! Hier sind die

  59. Die Beta 2 von Visual Studio 2008 wurde offiziell am Freitag zum Download freigegeben! Hier sind die

  60. So, per Soma’s blog , this great Channel9 video , and a bunch of other places, VS 2008 Beta 2 is available

  61. So, per Soma's blog , this great Channel9 video , and a bunch of other places, VS 2008 Beta 2 is

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  63. Vreau să vă anunț, totusi, că Silverlight a ajuns la stadiul de RC1 . Au fost anunțate versiunile Visual

  64. Sandcastle says:

    Microsoft officially released Orcas Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2 as well as Silverlight 1.0 RC and a CTP

  65. Microsoft released the Visual Studio 2008 (codenamed Orcas) Beta 2, .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 and the

  66. dskcheck says:

    Soma,

    Where can we report the bugs from the Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008?

    I’ve an issue with Orcas, guess that you need to know that. Please provide the information as how i can bring to your attention.

    Thanks,

    Chakravarthy

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  68. Yesterday, Microsoft released Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2008. You can read more about it at Soma’s blog

  69. Visual Studio 2008 (Orcas) is available for download

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