I didn't get a lot of responses to my previous XNA Game Studio Express blog entry (perhaps because I let this blog die to inactivity:-() but I thought I'd try to spice things up with a different Visual Studio focused question.

As we finish up the refresh release to XNA Game Studio Express, we are looking at the next major version and some decisions that need to be made. I wanted to get some impressions from people around a particular topic that I am currently looking at.

As many of you know, Visual Studio is releasing a new version at the end of this year (codenamed Orcas). One of the major features we are planning to add in the next major version of XNA Game Studio Express is the ability to create games in all SKUs of Visual Studio (Express, Standard, Pro, etc). With Orcas coming, the next obvious question is which release of Visual Studio should/can we support.

I have the following basic questions:

  • How quickly do you personally move to new versions of Visual Studio?
  • What's the impact you would feel if we only supported the Orcas version of Visual Studio with our new functionality?
  • What's the impact if we supported only VS 2005, and added Orcas support later (in a refresh release a few months after Orcas ships)?