Windows Vista is on it’s way
Many are speculating that Microsoft is doing whatever it takes to get their newest OS released before the end of 2006. It won’t be long and Visual FoxPro developers will be catering to customers running Windows Vista. Microsoft’s Visual FoxPro Roadmap has Sedna currently scheduled for release sometime around the 2Q of 2007. This could lead some Visual FoxPro developers to be somewhat alarmed as one of the things that Sedna will provide is the ability for Visual FoxPro applications to be more successfully deployed on Windows Vista.

Seems to work fine
In order to ascertain just what kinds of problems we are going to run into deploying and running Visual FoxPro 9.0 applications on Windows Vista without Sedna, I decided to give it a go. I installed Windows Vista Beta 2 – Build 5231 on a Windows XP Professional box using Microsoft’s Virtual Server 2005. Then I installed a copy of Visual FoxPro 9.0 SP1 into Windows Vista and started playing around with it. While it will be sometime before I can make a final determination regarding the complete viability of deploying Visual FoxPro 9.0 applications on Windows Vista, for now I am quite pleased with how well Visual FoxPro appears to run and act in Windows Vista. I’ll report back with more once I have had the time to take a closer look. For now, here’s a screen shot of Visual FoxPro running like a top on Windows Vista.

NOTE: Given that I am using Microsoft’s Virtual Server, the Aero Glass effects are not enabled because the graphics card emulator doesn’t support them. This is not a limitation of Visual FoxPro, but rather a limitation of the environment in which I am hosting Windows Vista.