I’m probably about the hundredth person to notice this and blog about it, but I’m not usually at home when these things happen. Thought I’d take the opportunity.
The SQL Server 2005 Community Technology Preview – Dec edition is available on MSDN subscriptions site
The Express Manager tool (free tool for management of SQL Express) is also available
It doesn’t appear that you need an updated version on Visual Studio 2005 to work with this. You do need the Visual Studio 2005 *October* CTP, though. The Beta 2 version of Visual Studio 2005 won’t do it…