Somasgear blogged earlier this week on some Visual Studio supportability with Vista and the availability of VS 2005 SP1 (beta). Why anyone would install the beta of a service pack is beyond me, but to each his own. While this service pack is WAY overdue, it is nice to know that we’re only 3-4 months out for a final RTM release. What is crazy though, is the version support decisions Microsoft has made for Visual Studio… get this:
- Visual Studio 2002 & 2003 - NOT SUPPORTED on Vista
- Visual Studio 2005 - supported (with SP1)
- Visual Basic 6.0 - supported
VS 2003 is a legacy product? HELLO! Last I checked, there were TONS of CLR 1.1 apps out there… so all you who are supporting CLR 1.1 apps (such as you WSS v2 & SPS 2003 developers), you can’t upgrade your development machine to 2003. Granted, a good workaround would be to install VS2003 within a virtual machine… but come on! Bad decision Microsoft… wouldn’t be surprised to see enough pushback to where Redmond cries uncle on this one… just keep screaming bloggers!