Finally, the wait is over. The guys at Microsoft RTMed Visual Studio 2008. Thanks to my MSDN subscription and a heads-up notification from a friend, I downloaded the sucker. It's installing as I write this. But keep in mind that the installation usually takes about half an hour -- and also that I am running the setup as a virtual mounted CD, which means SATA II file transfer speeds :-). I remember times, when we installed Visual Basic 6 and it was an all-night event which included changing CDs in the CD-ROM. Ah, good ol' days.