Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Released

We’ve just released Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. You can get it from the Microsoft Download Center: VS 2005 SP1 (Standard, Professional, Team SKU’s) VS 2005 SP1 (Express)

Dr. eX on Debugging Package Load Failures

Dr. eX has just posted an article called Debugging Package Load Failures that contains some great tips for all those times you may have seen the dreaded “package failed to load” dialog. Check it out!

Visual Studio 2005 SDK – December 2006 (CTP)

Last Friday, our team shipped the December 2006 CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK. You can get the CTP at (free registration required). This is a CTP of our upcoming version 4 release which should be finalized around February 2007. Some of the highlights of this CTP: IronPython WebSite & Web Application Project…

IronPython for ASP.NET

Mahesh from the IronPython team has just announced the release of IronPython for ASP.NET (CTP). I had the opportunity to see the team give a dry run of their presentation for TechEd Europe this morning along with some demos of the CTP. What they showed was nothing short of spectacular! With this release, you can create…

Where have all the Powertoys gone?

If you download our November 2006 CTP, you may notice that the powertoys are no longer included. They are now available as a separate free download here and have been rebranded as the “Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 IDE Enhancements”. This installer includes the following as binaries: Source Code Outliner : The Source Outliner tool is a…


Visual Studio 2005 SDK – Version 4 November 2006 CTP Available

We’ve just posted the November 2006 CTP version of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 4. This release is only being posted on, so you’ll need to login to get it. Go check it out and be sure to send us feedback and suggestions. We love hearing how we can improve the SDK!!! Some…


VSIP / VS SDK @ TechEd Europe 2006

In case you’re fortunate enough to be going to TechEd Europe 2006, be sure to check out the various partners and presentations related to extending Visual Studio while you’re there! I won’t be present in Barcelona, but several other members of the Visual Studio SDK team will be around the exhibition floor and presenting various…

From Redmond With Love

In case you haven’t heard yet, IE7 officially shipped a few days ago as did Mozilla Firefox 2.0. Apparently, this time, the IE team sent a congratulations cake to Mozilla for releasing Firefox 2 instead of the, uh,  “gift” that Microsoft sent when IE4 shipped….

Visual Studio 2005 SDK – Version 4 Planning

Allen has posted the current product backlog that we are hoping to accomplish for the Version 4 version of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK which should release by the end of 2006 (with only one CTP this time around). Please take a look and let us know as soon as possible if there is something…

Visual Studio SDK Documentation Wiki

Paul Cornell (VSSDK Documentation Manager) has just announced that like much of the other MSDN content, the Visual Studio SDK documentation is now wiki-enabled. This means that you can append comments/suggestions/gotchas on to the VSSDK help as well as leverage notes from others. Visual Studio 2005 SDK Version 3 Wiki-documentation