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It's Now Safe To Write Vista Software

We might knock Microsoft every now again here at Redmond Report, but there is one area where we go pretty easy: developer tools. After more than 30 years in the development tools business (anyone who actually used Altair BASIC is automatically enrolled in the Doug Barney Hall of Fame), Microsoft is getting pretty good at the game.

Ironically, because Microsoft is a commercial enterprise and not open source, it's free to establish a vision and push it to the hilt (incidentally, this is an area our latest magazine, Redmond Developer News, covers intensely).

One of our favorite tools is Visual Studio, which -- if not the best IDE out there -- has to be in the top three. The latest update makes Visual Studio more compliant with Vista, which is a good thing. ISVs and corporate developers can and should build apps that exploit Vista's new security features first, and user interface improvements second.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/07/2007 at 1:15 PM


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