Update 3/8/2007 2:32pm: As promised by Brian Harry they released a VPC image of the Visual Studio Team System Code Name "Rosario" August 2007 CTP! Head over to the download page and give it a try! The white paper mentioned on the download page is available here, and additional documentation for the CTP and the new Team Foundation Server is available here.
It's been a while since I posted something since I was busy working on some of my programming projects (so busy I even left the much anticipated iPhone launch day without a comment), but the recent slew of Microsoft announcements just required an update.
Most notably Visual Studio 2008 (which has lost the Orcas code name since Beta 1) Beta 2 has been released just three months after Beta 1 as ISO images that contain the installer files as well as Virtual PC images for those who want to take a look at it without making changes to their development environments, together with the .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 and Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate. Make sure to look at the samples and documentation in the Silverlight 1.0 SDK RC as well as the Silverlight Tools Alpha for Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, which integrates Silverlight with VS2008 (yay!). Instead of rehashing all the download links posted on various websites, I'll gladly refer to Brian Harry's blog, where he wrote up a couple of very nice postings on the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, the download links for all the different versions that are available including Team Foundation Server and Test Load Agent, and the upgrade process and interoperability with other components. Brian also announced that they reached a milestone with Rosario, which is going to be the next version of Visual Studio after Visual Studio 2008.
Along with these announcements Microsoft released the Secure Content Downloader July 2007 CTP, which allows very comfortably the download of everything listed above using a friendly (and secure) Download Manager that might prove more stable and reliable especially if the servers are under heavy load. Also, make sure to check out Rob Caron's Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio 2008 Part I and Part II for some further information on changes between Visual Studio 2005 and 2008. Finally there is the official Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Installation Guide document, which will help setting up the new TFS beta for testing.
Rounding off the round up of updates are the Microsoft Expression Blend 2 August Preview as well as Scott Guthrie's First Look at IronRuby, an excellent addition to the IronPython dynamic language implementation based on the Dynamic Language Runtime (DLR).