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No Visual Studio support in Windows Vista...

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Windows Vista will be released later this year to partners and volume license customers and in the beginning of 2007 to the masses. A successful release of a software product such as Windows Vista requires that a lot of consultants use it and can recommend it to the companies.

The last few days it has come out in the open that Windows Vista will not support Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 until the first service pack is released, during the first half of 2007, and even then it will be compatibility issues. Visual Studio.NET 2002 and 2003 will definitley not be supported on the Windows Vista platform!

I think this is outrageous, and I'm not alone!

Visual Studio.NET 2003 is one of the most used development platforms today, and the lack of support for it in Windows Vista will result in that a lot of developers will not use Windows Vista as their primary development platform.

Of course you can use Virtual PC or Virtual Server on Windows Vista and have all of you development done in them. But this requires that you have a good hardware platform and makes the development more lengthy.

I really want to use Windows Vista on my development machine and therefore I ask Microsoft to tell us exactly what is not supported when using Visual Studio 2005, pre and post SP1 and what exactly is not supported when using Visual Studio.NET 2003.

Sure, I can try it for myself, but that will not calm my clients nor myself!

Last week I met with a company that the next year will change/upgrade their whole PC platform, more than 1.000 PCs, and they will probably not go with Windows Vista directly and they will definitly not go with it if not their suppliers and consultants don't.

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  • Richard Hein said

    Hey, having VS.NET 2002-2003 not work makes perfect sense since .NET 3.0 (on the 2.0 runtime) is in Vista by default and 2005 has extension to the IDE like Cider and WWF extensions for development that would only work on .NET 3.0 anyways. You can develop on XP and deploy to Vista. BUT I do agree that not having FULL support for 2005 BEFORE Vista is released is NOT good at all.

  • Richard Hein said

    Just checked the source ( "Visual Studio 2005 SP1 will run on Vista but will likely have a few compatibility issues" In addition it already runs, but with issues. SP1 was made for XP/2003, not for Vista, that's all that he's saying, and that they'll work hard on the compatibility issues (both CURRENT and new ones).

  • Wictor said

    The .NET 1.1 platform is till used by many projects and will still be used by developers when maintaining, extending and supporting applications. So I hope they will get it all togheter and that it will work on Vista, I can live with compatibility issues, as long as I know what they are...

  • Bil Simser said

    @Richard: Sorry, but it doesn't make perfect sense. VS2003 is very much an active development platform. You say (and so does MS) to "develop on XP and deploy to Vista". Blech. The idea of developing on one platform just to deploy to another went out with Windows 3.1. That's just not an option and makes it even more difficult to develop software.

  • Trackback said

    This is a question that I have asked myself, collegaues and clients now for a while. Next week Vista will be available on MSDN Subscriptions and TechNet and I guess that everyone will be there to down...

  • John said

    I agree that the lack of support is a problem. Rather than adapt the Vista OS to support it, I suspect the best approach would be to issue a service pack for VS.NET.

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Wictor Wilén is the Nordic Digital Workplace Lead working at Avanade. Wictor has achieved the Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) - SharePoint 2010, Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) - SharePoint  and Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) - SharePoint 2010 certifications. He has also been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for seven consecutive years.

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