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Visual Studio 2008 RTM and Express Available!

November 19, 2007

While I was joking about MSDN Subscriber Downloads acting flaky this morning, after a bit of patience I found out why…

Visual Studio 2008 TS RTM

Visual Studio 2008 ACTUALLY made it out the door before Thanksgiving (okay, yes, I admit, I had my doubts)!

I’m truly pumped up about this… and remain so as the little download bar has oh so very slowly been progressing throughout the day.

45.9 KB/sec… on an OC-3 line running directly into our office.  I started it around 9:00 AM, so its been 6 hours thus far… 6 hours remaining.  I’ll need coffee for this one.

[Update: 20 Nov 2007– MSDN has added Team Suite, Professional, and the other flavors, both in Trial and full version (for subscribers) to the Top Subscribers downloads.  Top Subscribers are high speed downloads powered by the Akamai Downloader.  I started pulling down Professional for our other MSDN subscriber today and its screaming by at 900 KB/sec.  Sweets.]

Visual Web Developer 2008 Express

In addition to the RTM build for MSDN Subscribers, the Web Development Tools Team announced that the VWD2008 Express also made it out the door this morning.  You can download the bits here.

.NET Framework 3.5 Redistributable

To go along with the tools above, the full 3.5 Framework has been released and made available both as a partial internet download and a full package.  According to the description, this distribution includes:

Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 contains many new features building incrementally upon .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0, and includes .NET Framework 2.0 service pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.0 service pack 1.

.NET Framework 3.5 – Full Distribution

.NET Framework 3.5 – Internet Download Distribution

None of the distribution sites mention the .vbs script that had to be ran with Beta 2 to “fix” multitargeting support in Visual Studio 2008–-perhaps that’s fixed.

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