Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 shipped!


Earlier today, we shipped Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0!


This is by far the best Visual Studio and .NET Framework release that we have ever done.  I am very proud to be a part of the team that did a phenomenal job of delivering this fantastic product.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank the community and early adopter customers for their incredible help and invaluable contributions in helping us ship the right product.


Later in the day, the final bits will be up on MSDN for our MSDN subscribers around the world to get access to the product.


I am looking forward to the product launch on November 7th and all the subsequent launch events around the world.



Comments (137)

  1. Marc LaFleur says:

    You just made my day. πŸ™‚

  2. Shoddy Coder says:

    Soma, congrats to you and all the staff on this release. As a developer I’ve never been more excited in my career than I am about this release and this product. Great job!


  3. Rick says:

    Awesome! The wait is over.

  4. Great job! Congratulations! Can’t wait to see it in MSDN downloads!

  5. Umberto says:

    This is a great news! I hope that UPS will work as good as usually is doing in order we can get Visual Studio 2005 asap.

  6. Gustavo Trunci says:

    Congratulations from Brazil. Great job. It is a great product. Many, many times better than VS 2003.

  7. Stanleyjello says:

    Congratulations to you all guys!!!

    I too have been excited about this release!


  8. Congratulations to all the people involved on this huge project! πŸ™‚

  9. Bernard Oh says:

    Congratulation to every member in the product teams. This is such a major release. Finally the wait is over πŸ™‚ Someone pass the cigars around πŸ˜‰

  10. jbristowe says:

    <ComicBookstoreGuy>Best. News. Ever.</ComicBookstoreGuy>

  11. Congratulations to everyone in the Developer Division. This must be a great day for you guys!

    I’m off to MSDN to try and download (servers are getting hammered :P)

  12. Congrats to all. I hope the .NET, VS, SQL and BizTalk teams get a nice reward and some time to relax before the launch events.

  13. Congratulations!

    Thanks for making available to download at MSDN.

    Can’t wait to see it in MSDN downloads!

  14. Chris says:

    Awesome, downloading now.

  15. Ashith Raj says:

    Great news for the Developer community. I’m eager to see how the whole community going to embrace and start deploying innovative solutions.

    Also curious to see how it will be priced and how MSDN will accomodate small ISVs into the subscriptions model

  16. Daniel says:

    Somasegar Prabhuji,

    This really saves the day!

    See you in Belgium, November 10th!


  17. Thanks for the good news Soma!


  18. Krishna Baderia says:

    Thanks Soma!! that’s really a big news and its going to help us a lot. Meanwhile, are you aware of SQL Server 2005 release ??

  19. This is great news! Congratulations on the release, I am really looking forward to downloading it and giving a go…but it looks like the download servers are a little hammered right now. Gee, I wonder why? πŸ˜‰

  20. Stephan van Stekelenburg says:

    Thank’s for all the great work you guy’s have done on this release.. I’m really anxious to get this great stuff in my fingers πŸ˜›

    Also SQL Server 2005 appears to be shipped today! Best day of my life so far (only 20 years old :P)

  21. Great news!

    I appreciate all the effort you guys put into this and like to thank you verry much.

  22. Toolz says:

    Congratulations! Looking forward to start using it!

  23. Naseer says:

    never could repeat the moment – enjoy!

  24. Guido Stercken-Sorrenti says:

    Congratulation, Soma (and everyone on the team)!

    My customers will be glad to hear that we can finally stop using a beta version for doing their product! πŸ˜‰ To me, VS 2005 and .NET 2.0 have been the single most important productivity boost factors of the last years.


  25. Jeff says:

    Rick – "Awesome! The wait is over."

    …until you attempt to download it….then the wait is back on…

  26. Klaus Enevoldsen says:

    Congrats to you and everyone on the teams, I’m looking forward to trying it out – once it is downloaded from MSDN.

    Now I’m looking towards Vista, WPF, WWF and ORCA, this is an exciting time!

    Klaus Enevoldsen, Denmark

  27. Saurabh Nandu says:

    Congratulations to the compelete Dev Division on getting such a BIG release out of the door on (Before) time!

  28. Vivek Ayer says:

    Congrats! Looking forward to the launch event in London

  29. Nick Hemdal says:

    Get some sleep, and think about a sabbatical, or a 1 month vacation. The last MSDN drop was pretty tight, what was fixed?

  30. Congratulations! – You’ve made my night!…UK bandwidth is about to be heavily affected by us MSDN subscribers

  31. cowgaR says:

    Congratulation from Slovakia…

    I am just waiting for SQL server and Express Editions to download and give it fast try.

    Any info/link on these editions?

  32. Robz says:

    It totally made my day when I went out to MSDN and saw that. Then I came here to confirm it was true. ROCKZ!!!

  33. This is a big deal and an exciting time.

    Great job guys and congratulations.


  34. anonymous says:

    defining moment!!

  35. Congratulations from Iceland πŸ™‚

  36. nadim says:

    congrats from ghana

  37. Obi Oberoi says:


    What can I say!! You have conquered the hearts of scores of developers like myself who breathe and dream Visual Studio. Net.

    I am one of the early adopters of VS.Net and I find it totally irresistible.

    Obi Oberoi, Toronto (Canada)

  38. loc says:

    I can’t comment until being able to use it.

    I hope those things that I expected to be in there are all in there and really work and be useful. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be as happy. Let’s wait and see if anything sucks.


  39. They have done it again !

    Since Visual C++ 1.5, 2.x, 4.x, 5 & 6 et VS NET series, I am still with you !!!!!

    All thoses products makes working in a good way. Using them 10 hours a day is comfortable.

    << Chapeau bas >>, messieurs !

  40. thushan says:

    Great work folks, best .NET release thus far! Now there’s the wait for Orcas:-)

  41. DBuckner says:

    Just in time for my B-Day on the 28th. Thanks guys!!

  42. Sami says:

    Now it gets really exciting!!! Thanks!

  43. Tom says:

    Congratulations from the Czech republic!

  44. kumba says:

    Started working with the DOS versions of the MSC series. Still remember the german launch event for the first Windows version (VC1.0) very well, where every attendee a 5kg package with printed documentation!

    Trust that I will be very pleased with VS05.

  45. Geert says:

    Did send it by ship? Put it on an airplaine!

  46. Luca Maritan says:

    Huge congratulations, guys! You’ve done a great job!

  47. Justin says:

    Will VS2005 be available for download through MSDN Adademic Alliance soon?


  48. Luis Esteban Valencia says:

    Did You released Visual Source Safe 2005 too?

  49. anders ling says:

    Great!I have waiting for it long long ago!!!!

    The VS Team is Great!!!Thank you!

  50. fnmp says:


    Will it work with the WinFX September CTP release?

  51. Dan Ciruli says:

    Congratulations! Are you going to the San Francisco launch? If so–see you there!

  52. vipul says:

    Congratulations on the release of the of the biggest and (I hope) the best VS IDE from the Microsoft stable.

  53. stephane says:

    Many thanks from France πŸ™‚

  54. Gabisoft says:

    Big news for us!!! We’ve been working with all the betas, since 2004, and we just love this new version 2.0. And VStudio 2005 is also great

  55. Leo Rozing says:

    Can’t wait working with it!!!

    Fantastic guys!

    Keep up the good job.

    Many congrats from Holland

  56. David Hayden says:

    Best set of development tools ever built by Microsoft.

    Thanks for all your effort!

  57. Somasegar says:

    Yes, we did release Visual Source Safe 2005 as well yesterday.

    – somasegar

  58. George says:

    We are excited about the new release after trying the Beta2 release. Excellent job and really happy to have a company like Microsoft who makes dreams come true from Developers.

    Congrats again from Australia and God bless all of you.

  59. Hats off to you. I have never seen any Microsoft release generate as much interest in Pakistan (and the world) as this one. Truly phenomenal!

  60. Will says:

    Congratulations! I downloaded from MSDN on Thursday and am quite impressed.

  61. Abdallah says:

    Very big and good work


  62. Anand N says:

    Namaste from India.

    This is great news. I’m looking forward to install the product now itself. I can’t wait more time.

  63. RJL says:

    Don’t try to install it on Vista, it doesn’t work, the worthless thing thinks you need SP2!

  64. Giuliano Sauro says:

    Congratulazioni from Italy!

    This release is really a breakthrough in productivity.

    All you msdn blogger guys have create a really great and exciting community!

  65. Luis F. says:

    Any clues where it is?

    Because I can’t find it for download anywhere on the site, and yes I am an MSDN subscriber. What a frustrating experience.

    Shouldn’t be that easy to find anyway, since Microsoft support couldn’t do it either…

  66. tim says:

    I notice that if we attend a launch event in the US we get free versions of VS and SQL but in the UK we don’t, just some sandwiches … do you know why this is not a universal offer ? The tab on the MSDN web site says you will get complimentary software but when you follow through to UK … its not on offer any more

  67. release_team says:

    To RJL: We’ve reconfirmed that VS2005 RTM works on the latest Vista October CTP (bld# 5231) and is also working on the latest internal builds as well. Previous Vista releases (Beta1 and PDC) still require VS2005 Beta2. We cannot find any issues regarding the β€œSP2” error you noted; if you could supply more information on this error I will make sure the right folks investigate it.


    Chris Dias

  68. Divan says:


    Just a pitty there’s no product launch in the Southern Parts of the world!?

    Thanks for the hard work to all the creators of VS 2005.

    looking forward.

    From ZA

  69. Raj Nemani says:

    Congratulations!. Looking forward to the launch event in Atlanta.


  70. Dean says:

    Hey Soma, Great job on the visual studio. But i would just like to say publicly THANK YOU. For all you have done for me by helping me with my school assignements. You are a really great man and I think most highly of you.

    Keep it up all the good work.

    Dean πŸ™‚

  71. Andras Ludanyi says:

    Congratulations! Visual Studio 2005 is a real quantum leap. I hope "Orcas" will be even more amazing, can’t wait LINQ and other cool technologies. Great job!

  72. Awesome! Cant wait to get my hands dirty with it… πŸ™‚

  73. Pooja Katiyar says:

    That’s great!! Looking forward for the launch on 7th November.

  74. Maro Shim says:


    I have one question: Could you summarize the difference between RC and final release?


  75. Sudarshan says:

    Great New Soma!!!!

  76. Vinay says:

    Super stuff πŸ™‚ Just downloaded it from MSDN – and gee am I looking forward to getting it up and running on my machine!!

    Congratulations to you and your team!

  77. franckylp says:

    Congratulations to all of you !!! You can be proud of you

  78. Joe says:

    Do you guys filter the comments, since every one applauses ???

    for us .NET is a pain, we will continue VB6

    until you provide migration tools.


  79. Somasegar says:

    Hi Joe,

    There is NO filtering of the comments on my blog. Every comment that gets posted is for all to read.

    – somasegar

  80. JRoxe says:

    We’ve done substantial work in this version to address some of the concerns that were raised by Visual Basic 6.0 developers.

    One site that you could check out is VBRun: The Visual Basic 6.0 resource center. This contains some of our best Visual Basic 6.0 content, information on using VB6 and VB .NET together, offers from our partners, and information for developers looking to move to Visual Basic 2005. We have two books from MS Learning that have been posted online as a part of this site.

    The Patterns and Practices group has put together some guidance for developers moving their code and skills that you can find at

    One feature in the product which will be particularly interesting to Visual Basic 6 developers is the addition of RegFree COM. This allows you to deploy a VB6 control without having to register it on the local machine. You can now reuse existing code without any risk of impacting existing applications and could even deploy different version of the same COM component side by side with different applications.

    Many of our developers have told us that the soul of VB is back with Visual Basic 2005. The productivity that was the hallmark of Visual Basic is enhanced with features like the My namespace, AutoCorrect, scalable drag-and-drop data binding and the return of Edit and Continue.

    If you have additional ideas on things we could be doing, my email address is posted on VBRun and I’d invite you to mail me.

  81. Nag says:

    Soma…congrats to you and all the team members involved in the release of the product. good job done folks….keep it up. hope to see the product in our development environment here and explore the same. One of the requirements that i expect from .NET Framework 2.0 is offering the FTP class for uploading and downloading the files from/to the remote systems. i read on internet somewhere that the FTP class is available in Framework 2.0 version. hope to see the FTP class available with this product.

  82. lalitr says:

    Congratulations !!!

    Namaste ! πŸ™‚

  83. jtl12345678 says:

    Congratulations !!! where to download?

  84. Russ says:

    Sorry to rain on your parade guys but…

    Having been amazed at how fabulous VS 2002 and 2003 were, I expressed major concerns about this product while using the CTPs and the RC.

    My concerns were well founded. It is the most painful Microsoft product since Vizact. We’ve installed it 3 machines and every around hour the VB compiler fails with a send error report (on different projects!) We then have to sit through 6 or 7 submit reports before it finally drops out of memory with a feeble apology.

    Even the CTP didn’t do this!

    You have implemented some amazing things guys, but when the basics no longer work it kinda makes the whole excersize pretty pointless.

  85. Somasegar says:

    Hi Nag,

    Here’s a sample app that ships with V2.0 that demonstrates how to use the FTP class:


    You use FtpWebRequest and FtpWebResponse to do the work.

    – somasegar

  86. Congratulations from India,BLR..

    Even I too excited about this Mega Product release! Congratulations to everyone in this team, Who are all designed and introduced lot many things to finalize the product.

    Really really …it must be a great day for you all guru’s.

    Congrats once again !

    Looking for the launch event in India especially in BLR.

    gudos to VS Team and Somasegar

  87. .NETUser says:

    Hi guys,

    Now that we have the final version of VS.NET 2005, my question is can we have VS.NET 2005 installed and safely working along-side VS.NET 2003 that I already have (which is my current production environment)? Has anybody had a rough experience in doing this?

    I want to develop some projects in VS.NET 2005 and keep developing some projects in VS.NET 2003. To do this i will need to install both the environments (and the relevant Framework version as well) together in the same production environment.

    Is it safe to do this – or should i use the Virutal PC to install VS.NET 2005?

    Note: I have the final VS.NET 2005 version (production reelase, not the Betas or RCs), since I am an Universal MSDN subscriber.


  88. humam says:

    what can i say!!!

    now you are bilding my dream !


  89. nigh says:

    I cannot find Visual Express RTM to download. All I get is beta 2 version. How to get the new Express Edition?

  90. LukeH says:

    nigh: The Express Editions can be downloaded from


    Luke Hoban

  91. Pawan Singh says:

    There does not seem to be any place to get CLRProfiler. CLRProfiler Beta 2 does not run any of the new applications created by the released version.

  92. Vibhuti says:

    Great job ! I am looking forward to the launch of Visual Studio 2005 in India. As a technical writer I want to know the major differences in VS .Net 2003 and VS .Net 2005.

    Congrats once again

  93. Somasegar says:

    Hi Vibhuti,

    We have a whole bunch of information including a feature guide out on MSDN. Here is the link to that –

    – somasegar

  94. Subodh Lal says:

    Thanks a lot and wait for a great product is over.

  95. Sammy says:

    Well that’s good, because 2003 sux. No need to give up 6.0 until I’ve put 2005 through the wringer though.

  96. Vasudha Reddy says:

    Hi Somasegar,

    I can’t wait to work on 2005 with sql 2005. Just wondering, do you have any free msdn events related to 2005 version as a cd or slides, where we can download..

    Core information related to 2005.

    I read so many articles related to 2005..

    But it would be much helpful, if i can get as a download link.



  97. Somasegar says:

    Hi Vasudha,

    You can download the Express editions of VS 2005 from

    You can also get trial editions of VS 2005 from

    Also, depending on where you reside, you may want to attend the local launch of VS 2005/SQL Server 2005 and Biztalk Server 2006.

    – somasegar

  98. Qamar Shahzad says:

    Thanx to Visual Studio Team..

    I am Qamar. I am MCP and want to learn new feature of Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 / SQL Server 2005 Quickly can you tell me the right way []

  99. Vasudha says:

    Hi Somasegar,

    I’m looking forward to attend NOV 22nd session on 2005 in NY. Also I have the trial versions installed.

    Do you recommend any good books on Vs.net2005 and SqlServer2005 ?



  100. Ranjit says:


    Congratulationsssssssss for the whole team.

    I already worked on Visual 2003.

    I would like to work on Visual Studio2005 and SQL-Server 2005. Presently, I would like to know the difference between Visual Studio 2005 and Visual 2003.

  101. Somasegar says:

    Since several people have asked for this again, I will repeat this. You can go upto and get a whole bunch of information about Visual Studio 2005.

    Specifically, we have a feature guide for VS 2005 – that will tell you what’s new in this version of the product.

    – somasegar

  102. .NETUser says:

    Hi Somasegar,

    I have VS.NET 2003 installed for my production use. I have VS.NET 2005 but have not installed it yet in my production machine, but would like to start developing future projects in 2005 VS.NET.

    Can you confirm that having VS.NET 2003 and VS.NET 2005 (final release version) together in one production machine is safe.


  103. Somasegar says:

    Hi .NETUser,

    Having VS.NET 2003 and VS 2005 in the same machine is absolutely supported. Having these two reside side-by-side is one of the key configurations that we support.

    – somasegar

  104. Pooran says:

    Congratulations πŸ™‚ Hope to be there at India Launch on 9th December

  105. Geek.Speak() says:

    Visual Studio 2005 Professional along with SQL Server 2005 RTM’ed last week – right on time… actually…

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  107. Soma said it. It must be true. This is great news. I am very excited about this release. I wonder if…

  108. Geek.Speak() says:

    Visual Studio

    2005 Professional along with SQL Server

    2005 RTM’ed last week – right on time… actually…

  109. Geek.Speak() says:

    Visual Studio

    2005 Professional along with SQL Server

    2005 RTM’ed last week – right on time… actually…

  110. If you haven’t heard the news, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 (meaning Microsoft Visual Basic 2005) and

  111. Padmakar says:

    We are having a problem with the date picker control. It is hiding behind a drop down list while rendering. Can you please provide us a solution for this or a workaround for resolving this problem.

  112. Padmakar says:

    We are having a problem with the date picker control. It is hiding behind a drop down list while rendering. Can you please provide us a solution for this or a workaround for resolving this problem.

  113. BradA says:

    Padmakar – I am sorry you are having an issue… Is it with an ASP.NET web project or a Windows Forms project?  Can you tell me a little more about what is happening?

    You can drop me an email at:

  114. Abhishek says:

    Hi, i m using crystal report .net 2005 in my windows application,in which there is a main report in which there are 4 run time when i click on main report , subreport open in new tab, how can i restrict so that subreport will not open in new tab. can anybody help me?

  115. They released it today on MSDN earlier than the original 11/7 launch date. Here is some more information

  116. durga says:

    plise give the carrect ans.  this answar is no corract for my question thank

  117. mohameed says:


  118. Sachin Dev says:

    we have a project developed in .net framework 2.0.40607(BETA). and after that VS2005 has launched with framework 2.0.53727. Now, many classes have been obesolate of beta framework. How can i use old framework to do some changes in my project becausse VS 2005 is not migrating automatically to new framework?

    plz reply..urgent

  119. find a freelancer says:

    it's an opportunity to thank the community and early adopter customers for their incredible help and invaluable contributions in helping us ship the right product.


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  120. Xenon Headlights says:

    must be great to be part of the team, congrats on that.

  121. Le Minh Duc says:

    Thank you very much

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