Concise VB.NET?

Okay, VB.NET has a more concise syntax for

checking reference equality
without calling out to
Object.ReferenceEquals:

If c1 Is c2 Then...” vs. “if
((object)c1 == (object)c2) {...}

Okay, VB.NET gets this one; I’m not yet persuaded however and my
preference is still for C# given the choice.