Hard on the heels of the Orcas June 2007 CTP, you can expect the Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 bits to be released by July 30, 2007. According to Scott Guthrie's reply to a comment in his July 9, 2007 VS 2008 Nested Master Page Support post:
VS 2008 Beta2 should be available for free download in the next three weeks. It will support a go-live license. [Emphasis added.]
Doug Seven, project manager for Visual Studio Team System, says in his July 10, 2007 Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Joint Launch Announced post:
While the launch events are scheduled to kick off on February 27, 2008, Visual Studio 2008 will be released before the end of the year.
Update 7/12/2007 11:30 p.m. PDT: Bill McCarthy set me straight (again) about the "bug" below in a comment. I had forgotten to add the Of preposition for an (Of DateTime?) type assignment in the translation from C# <DateTime?> to VB. (I canceled the bug report.) Guess I've been writing too much C# code lately (or I need more sleep.)
Hopefully, "fixed in Beta 2" promises for by the LINQ to SQL team will be kept and the bug I reported with nullable field values in LINQ to DataSet Select projections for VB projects will be corrected in Beta 2.
As Bill noted in his Connect bugs scare me post today, the VB Team member handling bug reports didn't catch the missing Of preposition either. Here's the "resolution" proposed:
Thanks for your feedback. We have reproduced this bug on Visual Studio Codename Orcas June CTP, and we are sending this bug to the appropriate group within the VisualStudio Product Team for triage and resolution.
I agree with Bill that the compiler error messages should suggest adding Of.
SQL Server 2008 (formerly codenamed "Katmai") will "launch" in February 2008 but won't release to manufacturing until the second quarter of 2008, according to today's ARE You Ready to Rock? Launch 2008--it's official! post by Michael J. Murphy.