For those of you who like to live on the bleeding edge, Microsoft has released beta versions of the
forthcoming Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.
According to Microsoft, the beta provides:
full support for SQL Server 2008, new ADO.NET features such as the Entity Framework,
improvements to the WPF designers, WCF templates for Silverlight projects, debugger
support for the .NET Framework public symbols and source release, control improvements
such as the DataRepeater for Windows Forms and Office 2007 Ribbons for C++, and several
general updates for debugging and IntelliSense. SP1 also enhances the stability,
performance, and security of many features.
As with all beta software this should only be installed and tested on non-critical test
computers. There are known compatibility issues with some other software. Do not install
this on your main workstation unless you've got a backup and are fully prepared to reinstall the machine.
Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta Information: