ISV looking for a powerful IDE – check out the Visual Studio 2008 Shell


The Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX) Team Blog has announced about the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. The official line is:

“If you create software development tools, you’ll want to consider building on the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. A streamlined Visual Studio development environment, the Visual Studio Shell provides the core foundation so you can focus on building your application’s unique features. Flexible customization options help you deliver optimized experiences for specific markets.”

What I find most interesting is the two modes – integrated and isolated.

In integrated mode applications built on the integrated Shell will automatically merge with any other editions of Visual Studio installed on the same machine. e.g. Iron Python

In isolated mode applications built with the isolated Shell will run side-by-side with any other editions of Visual Studio installed on the same machine.

Comments (1)

  1. Ian Chamberlain says:

    Provide great new VS tools for ISVs to build on while persecuting ISVs for building on VS.

    From the FAQ:

    “Q: How much will the Visual Studio Shell cost?

    The Visual Studio Shell will be freely available as part of the Visual Studio SDK starting with the release of Visual Studio 2008. Building and deploying applications based on the Visual Studio Shell will be royalty-free.”

    So anyone will be able to develop plug-ins based on VS in future?

    Who’s running the asylum here?

    ANSWER: Hi Ian. Would love to understand your concerns better. If you have a moment, contact me via http://blogs.msdn.com/ericnel/contact.aspx