Re: Visual Studio 2008
The predictive code feature is neat. Makes object oriented programming much easier, and saves an ungodly amount of typing. Better still, it will suggest things to you that you've never heard of before, so the app really does help make you a better developer.
Besides that, I very much liike the ability to develop software for pretty much any platform, be it interweb, PC, or mobile device, all in more or less the same way. Makes porting software extremely easy, and does wonders for the learning curve.