Microsoft has released Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 to manufacturers in time for the official launch on 7 November.

It will also release a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of BizTalk Server 2006 very soon. In a blog by Microsoft developer division VP, S. Somasegar, revealed the products would be provided to MSDN subscribers late yesterday.

"This is by far the best Visual Studio and .NET Framework release that we have ever done," Somasegar gushed. "I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community and early adopter customers for their incredible help and invaluable contributions in helping us ship the right product."

Developers have been waiting for Visual Studio 2005, formerly codenamed Whidbey, for some time. Microsoft originally planned to release it in spring 2004.

SQL Server 2005, formerly codenamed Yukon, also has been the victim of Microsoft delays that frustrated customers and developers.