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Update Your VS 2005 Service Pack for Vista

Download the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update to ensure the best possible dev experience on Microsoft''s new operating system.

Microsoft announced that it is shipping the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (VS 2005 SP1) Update for Windows Vista—as promised.

The update primarily fixes known issues with VS 2005 SP1 running on the new operating system. Microsoft officials had announced that the update was coming when they shipped SP1 for Vista at the end of last year (see Resources).

Not surprisingly, because Vista adds around 7,000 new application programming interfaces (API) for VS 2005 to track and manage, providing a bug free experience while working on Vista applications in Visual Studio's integrated development environment has been a bit challenging for Microsoft.

"With this update to Visual Studio, our goal was to ensure developers have the best possible experience on Windows Vista, and that the features developers are using in Visual Studio work as expected," S. "Soma" Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Developer Division, said in a statement.

The update aims to solve issues around debugging and profiling, and around creating ASP.NET applications for Internet Information Server on the developer's machine. It also improves the feedback that Visual Studio gives to developers when an error occurs on Windows Vista, the company said.

Microsoft's Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Update for Windows Vista is available for download here.

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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.

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