Announced at the Barcelona TechEd a couple of days ago (Monday 5 Nov) by Somasegar - the vice president of the developer division at Microsoft, Microsoft has committed to releasing the RTM version of Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 by the end of November 2007.
I myself was going to re-download the VS.NET beta 2 VPC image as the old one expired prematurely on the 1st Nov but I think I'll wait until the end of the month and get the RTM version.
A CTP release of the new Microsoft Sync Framework SDK is available now from here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/sync
This framework we are currently testing looks very interesting indead. In the past we've had to write a load of plumbing code for synchronizing offline data on the device with the back office. The Sync Framework contains a set of API's that do all this complex code behind the scenes. These API's work for any protocol, data type of data store. Download and try it today. I am not sure that the Sync Framework will replace our complex sync code but it is definately an interesting solution. I will blog regarding my Microsoft Sync Framework experiences here.