Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 Available

While I agree that the Get Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 page is great, they should have had a link for MSDN subscribers right on the main page.

A whopping 2.5GB download. Definitely something to get the DVD writer ready for. Hmm….maybe I’ll just wait for next month’s shipment. nah – I want to play a bit.

But does it really need to be that big? Why can’t MSDN provide the partial installs instead of just the ISO files? It may take away from the overall “experience” but it makes it easier to try critical downloads.

Case in point: I downloaded an 600MB ISO file for another product three times only to find out that the ISO image itself was corrupted. Thank goodness for high bandwidth but it still makes me question should I really bother with that huge whopping file instead of just ordering the DVD?