Earlier this month on Channel 9, Scott Guthrie alluded to some great new functionality coming for web development in Visual Studio "Orcas".
Today, the details are revealed on ScottGu's blog and on Mikhail Arkhipov's blog. Mikhail blogs about the new web forms designer in "Orcas", codenamed "Sapphire". Check out the screenshots of the much improved CSS support, side-by-side view of Code and Design and new HTML designer options.
"Sapphire" has been work-in-progress since November 2004. Since the code is now integrated in the "Orcas" main code branch, this new web forms designer will become available in the upcoming February 2007 CTP.