Andrew Connell

Vista won't support VS 2003 and availability of VS2005 SP1 beta

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! » Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista...

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!

» Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista

Andrew Connell
Developer & Chief Course Artisan, Voitanos LLC. | Microsoft MVP
Written by Andrew Connell

Andrew Connell is a web developer with a focus on Microsoft Azure & Microsoft 365. He’s received Microsoft’s MVP award every year since 2005 and has helped thousands of developers through the various courses he’s authored & taught. Andrew’s the founder of Voitanos and is dedicated to delivering industry-leading on-demand video training to professional developers. He lives with his wife & two kids in Florida.