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Compatibility Questions Raised for Vista and Visual Studio 2005 SP1

A key Microsoft executive disclosed this week that the coming Service Pack 1 for Visual Studio 2005 may not be totally compatible with Windows Vista -- though it remains unclear what his statements mean.

The disclosure came in a blog posting by S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division in his company blog. His statements were first spotted by veteran journalist Mary Jo Foley and reported in her blog, All About Microsoft.(Foley is also a columnist for Redmond magazine).

"Visual Studio 2005 SP1 will run on Vista but will likely have a few compatibility issues," said Somasegar's posting. "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," he continued, although he did not reveal what the problems are or when those fixes will be made available.

However, he did mention that Windows Vista will ship with the .NET Framework 3.0 pre-installed.

Somasegar's posting was ostensibly meant to announce the beginning of beta testing for VS2005 SP1. The service pack is designed to address issues reported since the release of Visual Studio 2005 in November 2005.

In his blog post, Somasegar also admitted that the beta was a little late, but said the plan was to incorporate users' feedback into the release. The company aims to have the final service pack out in three to four months.

Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta 1 is available here.

About the Author

Stuart J. Johnston has covered technology, especially Microsoft, since February 1988 for InfoWorld, Computerworld, Information Week, and PC World, as well as for Enterprise Developer, XML & Web Services,, and .NET magazines. Contact him at stuartj1@mindspring.com.

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