Visual Studio 2005

Visual Studio 2005
Version of Visual Studio
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Version8.0
CodenameWhidbey
Latest build8.0.50727.867
Released2005-11-07
Support end
Replaces
Visual Studio .NET 2003
Replaced by
Visual Studio 2008

Visual Studio 2005 (codenamed Whidbey) is the fifth major release of Visual Studio. It removed the ".NET" reference from its name while still being focused around .NET Framework and bringing extensive support for x64 applications. MSBuild (Microsoft Build Engine) has been introduced as well. It also added support for the new, at the time, .NET Framework and Compact Framework 2.0. The Technology Preview of Visual Studio 2005 was released on PDC '03.

This version dropped support for Windows NT 4.0. It is also the last version of Visual Studio to support Windows 2000 and the RTM version of Windows Server 2003.

This version also introduces the Express editions, which were free to download, but ultimately replaced with the Community edition.

List of known builds[edit | edit source]

Milestone 2[edit | edit source]

Beta 1[edit | edit source]

Beta 2[edit | edit source]

Release Candidate[edit | edit source]

RTM[edit | edit source]

Service Pack 1[edit | edit source]