Visual Studio 2008 "ORCAS" Beta 2 is out, Microsoft's Somasegar announced on his WebLog. He also announced the availability of .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 2 and Silverlight 1.0 RC.

To add to this, Microsoft is releasing a Go-Live license for Visual Studio 2008, the .NET Framework 3.5, and Silverlight 1.0 to make it easier for you to start developing.

Download location for beta is here.

There is an alternative, faster way to get the beta, by using the Microsoft Secure Content Downloader from Microsoft Research. With this tool you can simply choose a specific version from a combo, and start downloading it.

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