However, we will not support Visual Studio .NET 2002 or Visual Studio .NET 2003 as development environments on Windows Vista. [via Somasegar's WebLog : Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista]
I have recently tried porting a couple of C++ projects to VS 2005. The first solution only consisted of three projects and nothing particularly large; compile to DLLs ~ 500K. Fine and dandy that the code wouldn't compile without mods - I've had to do that on every compiler upgrade I've used since 1981. The trouble was, after a rebuild, close the solution and VS 2005 crashed. Two days later I gave up and went back to VS 2003.
Now I find VS 2003 won't work with Vista.
Mind you, go read the article, VS 2005 won't work with it either:
Visual Studio 2005 SP1 will run on Vista but will likely have a few compatibility issues. We are working with the Vista team to understand those,...
A bit late in the day to be noticing that you have to get an understanding of problems perhaps?
What with Virtual PC won't work with Vista until the 2007 version and this, its looking like Vista is not a viable platform for development for at least another year yet. A new OS that isn't viable for development - that has to be a first for MS. One has to conclude that either Vista is not being developed on Vista or MS do not dog-food their own tools in the way they have claimed in the past they do.