Since I've been working at Microsoft, I've had a chance to make some new friends. Perhaps you know them?
Come to a VS2008 InstallFest - ask your local MSFT Wonk where yours is - and get a free copy of VS2008Pro. If you've got Beta 2 installed, remove it first.
From TimH: "We're providing a location, install dvd's (these will be evals because the finals aren't pressed yet), and food/drinks. this will be a good time to get some questions answered, get vs 2008 installed, play around, and hang out with your peers. each registered and attended individual will receive a special code to receive the fully-licensed visual studio 2008 professional copy sent to them when the full package product is available to ship."
Bring your laptop and install here. No downloading. You'll get a trial version that'll get you through to the final version that will be shipped to you for free. Slick.
Here's the link to the Portland Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest hosted by PADNUG, and there are others all over, and I'm sure more will be announced. I'll try to find a Master List.
The events in the West of the US are:
Register NOW to get your spot ASAP. I'm going to talk to the wife and see if she'll trade me a "night out with the nerds" (as she calls them) for her night out with the girls.
Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. I am a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.
Thanks for letting me know that you are interested. VS.NET 2008 install fests are being organized in every corner of the US at the moment. All I can say is that we are talking with MSDN Canada to help us our organize a similar thing in Canada. You will know about it if and when it matures.
Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.