the patterns and practices group just released some documentation you should look at:
google enters the IM/VOIP arena with google talk: http://www.google.com/talk/
- Visual Studio 2005 will release an RC1 in September, available to MSDN subscribers, early adopters already identified, and beta customers.
- Team Foundation Server (TFS), the core collaboration, source control management, etc. for the Team System product lines will have a Beta3 release, including Go Live licensing support.
- TFS will ship within the first quarter of 2006
a great post on asp.net, web services, and remoting performance: