Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

Visual Studio 2005 represents one of the most significant developer tools releases since the introduction of Visual Studio nearly a decade ago. It offers all types of developers a wider spectrum of development possibilities and a greatly advanced design experience. By expanding the Visual Studio product line to include the Visual Studio Team System and the Visual Studio Express Editions, Visual Studio 2005 delivers a compelling toolset for everyone, from hobbyists to enterprise developer teams.

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 continues Microsoft's investment in market leading development tools. Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customers and partner feedback, as well as internal testing. The issues addressed range in severity from places where the syntax coloring was incorrect to customer reported crashes in various scenarios. In some areas, more than 50% of the bugs addressed were reported by customers through the MSDN Product Feedback Center and Microsoft Connect. Overall, Service Pack 1 offers customers improvements in responsiveness, stability and performance for Visual Studio 2005.

Through further advancement and feedback, Service Pack 1 also provides over 70 improvements for common development scenarios including:

  • New processor support (e.g., Core Duo) for code generation and profiling
  • Performance and scale improvements in Team Foundation Server
  • Team Foundation Server integration with Excel 2007 and Project 2007
  • Tool support for occasionally connected devices and SQL Server Compact Edition
  • Additional support for project file based Web applications
  • Windows Embedded 6.0 platform and tools support
Download: Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) | 431 MB
View: Overview @ Microsoft Visual Studio Developer Center
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oh dont get all excited yet, this is only half of the picture... keep in mind that a LOT of the fixes for visual studio's slow down come in the .NET Framework 2.0 Service pack 1 which still is not out... the System.Design library was responsible for a LOT of the IDE probles and slow downs... like the i(m) typeing a(message) bug, and the forms designer bugs which can get annoying... so it wont be completely fixed until then, so dont be mad when this doesn't fix all your bugs, you're only getting half of the fixes with this!

Hopefully it will help against some C++ issues we're having though... I'm getting all those annoying IntelliSense updates at the most inconvenient times, and it doesn't seem like it's detecting the proper times to update over here according to Microsoft's description of how it "should" work over at the MSDN forums.

The deal is it doesn't run very well on it.

But seriously if your professional development box is Vista which hasn't 'officially' even been released then you have some issues. I suppose for the 1% of developers making .NET 3 apps this may be an issue but anyone else just wait.

Well, considering that Vista HAS been officially released to developers on MSDN your statement doesn't make a lot of sense. You'd also think that MS would want the tools available to the development community as soon as possible so that they could get stuff out and ready for the formal release to retail.

But that's besides the point, I am a professional developer, but I was talking about my home machine on which I muck around a bit, try out things, and generally do stuff that I can't justify on company time.

What's the deal with this and Vista? I haven't really used VS at home since I started beta testing Vista as they started out being incompatible.

I notice that there seems to be a separate SP1 bit for Vista, but that appears to be a dead link.

Anyone used this on Vista yet? (Not at home to check myself)