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Earlier this week, we released the first set of Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs. Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are controls, components, tools and add-ins that give the Visual Basic developer more power and productivity to create great business applications. The VB developer base is important to us and this underscores our ongoing investment in the VB developer’s long term success and satisfaction.
The Visual Basic 2005 Power Pack team is not doing this alone. They are partnering with the Visual Basic community through a Microsoft Connect site, to get ideas, feedback and ranking that will drive design choices for upcoming Power Packs. The current plan is to work closely with the community and deliver Power Packs as frequently as possible.
The first two Visual Basic Power Packs (Microsoft Interop Forms Toolkit 1.0 and Microsoft PrintForm Component 1.0) are now available for free download from http://msdn.microsoft.com/vbasic/downloads . These deliverables will be especially appealing to customers who have Visual Basic 6 skills and applications, as they help developers to bridge the gap between VB6 and VB.NET. For example, the Interop Forms Toolkit provides a way to call VB6 form modules from Visual Basic 2005 and vice-versa. Using this Power Pack is a great way to modernize your existingVB6 investments gradually and incrementally.
These Power Packs are designed to work with Visual Studio 2005.