Microsoft has released a new version of its Visual Studio toolset for Windows Vista development. On March 6, the Redmond, Wash., software giant released the Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 SP1 (Service Pack 1) Update for Windows Vista, so that developers building applications on Microsoft's new operating system platform can enjoy an improved user experience that builds on the enhancements Microsoft provided with the release of Visual Studio 2005 SP1 in December, the company said. With the release of the new Vista-focused toolset, Microsoft also released an interview with S. "Soma" Somasegar, the corporate vice president of the company's Developer Division.
"Windows Vista gives developers a whole new canvas for creating cutting edge applications, and we are already seeing a lot of exciting third-party solutions coming to life, including ultra-realistic 3-D programs, novel mini-applications called "gadgets," engaging high-definition, animated programs and Web sites, and innovative applications from new-media, retail and education companies," Somasegar said in the interview posted on the Microsoft site. In addition, Somasegar said: "We also took developer concerns to heart, and have built the most secure and reliable version of Windows ever. Windows Vista was built from the ground up with secure development in mind.