The latest version of Visual Studio (codename Orcas) is available on the download servers at Microsoft. I talked to Mark Boulter earlier this week and he says that the new WPF designer bits (codename Cider) didn’t make it into the latest build. He said they barely missed the deadline. I suspect that they’ll be in the February CTP.
In the meantime, use the beta version of Expression Blend, to layout your controls. The Visual Studio 2005 extensions are very rough around the edges.
What else is in the CTP
- LINQ for Objects is working
- LINQ for SQL is shaky
- LINQ support for VB is limited