Visual Studio 2005 SP1 will run on Vista but will likely have a few compatibility issues. We are working with the Vista team to understand those, to provide workarounds where possible and also work on providing you with a set of fixes beyond SP1.
So there are some issues, it’s a beta, I can live with that, but towards the end of the post was this amazing fact…
We’re also testing to ensure that your .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0 applications will work on Windows Vista so that your existing applications will continue to run as expected.
I’m glad to hear this, but it should go without saying, it’s the next bit that shocked me…
However, we will not support Visual Studio .NET 2002 or Visual Studio .NET 2003 as development environments on Windows Vista. You can continue to use Visual Studio .NET 2002 or 2003 on Windows XP to develop applications that can run on Windows Vista
Are They CRAZY??? I’m all for new technology, and I spend a good proportion of my time up to my eyeball’s in beta and CTP software, but I am not the majority of MS’s developer base and to cut them from the next generation OS feels, well, crazy!
It points to one of two things; either an attitude so caviler that they believe everyone is going to drop what they are doing and move over to Vista and .NET 2.0/3.0 or Windows Vista is so far behind the curve that Visual Studio 2003 just won’t work with the operating system, which going by what Scott Hanselman has been saying, may not be far from the truth.
I am still really excited about Vista, .NET 3.0 inparticular, it has so much potential, but damn I hope they sort this one out.