@vesuvius: that was in 2009, and VS2010 was released in April 2010, so no conflicts here.

 http://blogs.msdn.com/b/ricom/archive/2010/04/14/my-history-of-visual-studio-epilog.aspx

You might be wondering why I was so quiet during the home stretch. I'm afraid my perspective on the VS RC and RTM milestones was an outsider's.  The Beta 2 push was my last major hands-on involvement with the product; probably the simplest diagnosis is that I burned myself out at that point.  In any case I took a vacation after that Beta with the goal of returning to find a new challenge.