Thanks to Dieter De Preester for the tip: Microsoft's Visual Studio.NET Web site was updated Friday with information about the release of the Beta 1 version of the company's upcoming software development suite, which is "nearing completion and will soon be available to developers." The site notes that Visual Studio.NET Beta 1 will be made available to MSDN Universal subscribers "before general availability," and that this important release will also be available to the public "for a nominal fee." Microsoft has been very forthcoming with information about Visual Studio.NET, in sharp contrast to previous Visual Studio betas. The company's fixation on moving its customer base to the .NET future is probably driving this newfound openness