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Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 Beta

I’ve been waiting on this one for a while… hopefully they’ve fixed the ReportViewer control.  That control is wholly broken when using SQLServer sessions.  But I digress, here is the meat:

Microsoft is committed to making customers successful with Visual Studio 2005. As part of this continuing effort, Microsoft has released the Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Beta. Visual Studio 2005 shipped in November of 2005 and this Service Pack incorporates fixes that we have addressed since that release.

We encourage all interested parties to participate in the Beta. You will have the opportunity to use the service pack and notify us of any bugs you may discover. You can apply for the Beta by filing out the nomination survey or by signing up on the "Available Connections" page of the Microsoft Connect web site.  The Beta Program will run until October 30th.

Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 will focus on addressing product issues reported since the release of Visual Studio 2005. These are types of fixes you can expect to find in this service pack:

  • The Hotfixes and General Distribution Release Updates released between Visual Studio 2005 Release to Market and the end of the Service Pack customer beta period.
  • Any fixes addressing security issues categorized by the Microsoft Security Response Center as "Critical", "Important" or "Moderate".
  • Fixes for product reliability and stability issues, including those reported by customers via the Product Feedback Center, and the crashes most frequently reported via Watson.
  • Fixes for common "eligible" functional issues reported by customers via the Product Feedback Center. "Eligible" functional issues are those that do not require breaking changes, architectural changes, or Design Change Request level feature work and that do not create unacceptable product quality risk and/or cost of implementation.
  • Fixes for the top customer and supportability issues as reported by Customer Support Services.

As always, the goal of all of our Service Packs is to increase the overall quality of the existing product features while maintaining a high level of compatibility.

I’ve applied for participation in the BETA so hopefully I get in and am part of the elite geek crowd.  It’d be nice to know if this Service Pack fixes the control.