Visual Studio 2010 User Interface Guidelines

One of the things you may notice is missing from the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK (compared to 2008) are the user interface guidelines. You can now find the Visual Studio 2010 User Interface Guidelines at the following location:

What is the “VSIX Project” template?

Disclaimer : This is about working with the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 SDK. Information is likely to be inaccurate for future or previous Visual Studio SDK releases. When you install the Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1, you’ll notice a new node in the new project dialog under Visual C#\Extensibility and Visual Basic\Extensibility: The…


Pkgdef and the Experimental Instance in VS 2010

***Disclaimer: This information is about Visual Studio 2010 only. The following may not be accurate for future releases.*** One of the new features we introduced with the Visual Studio 2008 Isolated Shell was the concept of a pkgdef file. Pkgdef is essentially a REG file with tokenization. For example, you could put $RootFolder$ in your…


Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1

The Visual Studio 2010 SDK Beta 1 is now available for download. Be sure to check out the latest supplemental readme as you’re likely to encounter some of these issues in using the SDK.


Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Shipped

Somasegar (VP in charge of DevDiv) has just blogged that Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 has been released to the web. It will be available on MSDN in the next few hours, and available as a public download on Wednesday. (We will be releasing a matching Visual Studio SDK soon also.) Beta 1 is the…


Consolas : Default Editor Font in VS 2010

Yesterday, the folks responsible for building the core text editor in Visual Studio announced that Consolas (10pt) will now be the default font in Visual Studio 2010. So long Lucida Console!


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Update on Extension Manager and Visual Studio 2010

Jason Zander, the General Manager for Visual Studio, has just announced some more details (with screenshots) on the new look and feel for Visual Studio 2010 (which relies heavily on WPF). In the same post, he also includes a screenshot of the new Visual Studio Extension Manager (mentioned previously): You’ll be able to find more…


F# Included in Visual Studio 2010

Don Syme has just announced that F# will ship in the box with Visual Studio 2010.

Extension Manager

One of the new features we plan on shipping for VS 2010 that I’ve been heads down on for the past few months is the "Extension Manager". I’ll be posting more details about it here over the next several months. For the meantime, you can hear more about it (and see some very early mockups)…