The version number of .NET v2.0 is 2.0.50727.42 and VS2005's one is 8.0.50727.42. The convention used for this version numbering is YMMDD, this means that the final development push was on July 27 2005, and since that time they made 42 builds. If you want to know about the history of the .42 number check http://blogs.msdn.com/quant... So, after v1.0.3705 and v1.1.4322 now comes v2.0.50727.42. Pablo ......
There are a new generation of Microsoft Certifications that are aligned with the .Net framework 2.0
So if you already certified, start thinking about taking these new exams.
The final version of Visual Studio 2005 is available for download at MSDN subscriber. :)
There is also a *Trial* version of the Team Suite edition available for download.