You may have heard the great news that the Authoring console is now at Release Candidate status!
You can get to it from Microsoft’s connect website.
However, we have heard people say they can’t find the download. Its there, but there’s a trick: you have to sign up for the Service Manager beta. The download is listed with the System Center Operations and Service Management program. If you were previously registered for that beta program, it looks like it was expired – to get back in, just sign up for Service Manager.