About the 2008 Products Launch
This week at the Worldwide Partner Conference, Kevin Turner announced that Microsoft will be launching Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and SQL Server 2008 in Los Angeles on February 27, 2008. This event will kick off a “launch wave” of hundreds of events that Microsoft will host worldwide.
This announcement doesn't mean than these products will not be RTM'ed before that date. Most important for me is Visual Studio 2008 of course, that will be released by the end of the year, according to some Microsoft sources (Soma, Scott Guthrie and more).
Regarding Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 - The plan is to make it available for download in the next three weeks with a go-live license. This means that we are only three weeks away from being able to use .NET 3.5 in production!