Microsoft today announced Visual Basic 5.0 Professional, which will feature a native code compiler, optimized forms engine, and Internet features such as ActiveX control creation. An entry level version of VB5, called the Learning Edition, and an Enterprise Edition are expected to be announced later this month.
Using the new native code compiler, developers can create Visual Basic apps that compete with the fastest C++ apps and require no addition runtime files. VB5 also offers a new integrated development environment (IDE) that includes IntelliSense, a feature that displays drop-down lists of code you can insert automatically. This feature is incredibly useful, and much sought after by the development community.
Visual Basic 5.0 will be available for Windows 95 and NT 4.0 on March 19th. There will be no 16-bit version