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