Microsoft recently released the VS 2008 SP1 and .NET Framework SP1 which they state will significantly improves developer experience at design and runtime both. The issues were mostly identified by customers and reported.
In summary, VS 2008 SP1 provides:
- Improved WPF designers
- SQL Server 2008 support
- ADO.NET Entity Designer
- Visual Basic and Visual C++ components and tools (including an MFC-based Office 2007 style ‘Ribbon’)
- Visual Studio Team System Team Foundation Server (TFS) addresses customer feedback on version control usability and performance, email integration with work item tracking and full support for hosting on SQL Server 2008
and, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 provides:
- Performance increases between 20-45% for WPF-based applications – without having to change any code
- WCF improvements that give developers more control over the way they access data and services
- Streamlined installation experience for client applications
- Improvements in the area of data platform, such as the ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and support for SQL Server 2008’s new features
Additionally, there were WPF and visual designer improvements, an optimized .NET 3.5 runtime, ADO.NET Entity Framework, ADO.NET Data Services and several TFS improvements. Read the MSDN article for full details. Please read the VS 2008 SP1 readme and the .NET Framework SP1 readme before installation.
Apart from the above the VS 2008 Express Editions SP1 and VS Team System 2008 Team Foundation Server SP1 versions were also released.
Update: If you already have Silverlight Tools Beta 2 installed, you will need to upgrade it, after you install Visual Studio 2008 SP1.
Update: If you previously installed a Visual Studio 2008 Hotfix or Visual Studio 2008 SP1 pre-release, you must run the Service Pack Preparation tool before installing Visual Studio 2008 SP1.