We shipped again! Here is the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP!

Hey fellow developers, It gives me great pleasure to announce that our team has just released the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP. You can go download this immediately from the here.  Here are the highlights to this release: New Toolbar Combo Box sample – demonstrates how to add various types of combo boxes to the…


Visual Studio Extensibility Demystified

My friend Dr. eX just posted a nice blog about the various options for Visual Studio extensibility. It clearly explains what your extensibility options are and which one would be the most suitable for you.  If you are new to the Visual Studio Extensibility platform, definitely check it out!


VS SDK Browser – Getting your feedback early

We said we want to be open and transparent about what we are working on and we mean it. One of the work items we have for VS SDK 4.0 is to build a VS SDK Browser in the SDK. We are sharing our thinking with you at this point and we want your feedback….


SlickEdit Gadgets for VS 2005

The folks over at SlickEdit has just released a set of cool tools for Visual Studio 2005. They call them “Gadgets”, but they are what we would call Power Toys. The set of Gadgets include the following: Editor Gadgets – a collection of utilities to dazzle up the Visual Studio editor experience. One of the…


Here we are: the VS SDK 4.0 (November CTP)!

My colleague Aaron Marten beat me to blogging about our release, but I am just as happy talking about it. In this release, we present you with the following: Toolbox Installer Package – this is a redistributable package designed to simply deployment for toolbox components. You can even use this MSI to deploy controls to the…


Have you registered for the VSIP Dev Lab yet?

VSIP Partners! Have you registered for the November VSIP Dev Labs yet? The Visul Studio Ecosystem team will be hosting VSIP Developer Labs from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1 on main campus in Redmond. The opportunity to attend VSIP Developer Labs is one of the many benefits of the VSIP Alliance and Premier Membership. Unlike…


Make sure you are VS SP1 Ready!

If you extend Visual Studio, either through add-ins or VS Packages, you should download VS SP1 Beta to make sure your extensions continue to work. We plan to ship the final Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 later this year, and you will want to make sure your extensions are compatible. You can go download…


Our Community Plan

With the release of VS SDK 3.0 a couple of weeks ago, we are starting to look seriously into the enthusiast space for VS Extensibility. We have posted the SDK on a publicly downloadable site so developers don’t need to join the VSIP program before downloading it. We have put the VS SDK Help online…


Disccusion on VS SDK on Soma’s Blog

In case you didn’t notice, Soma blogged about our team’s collaboration with QUT on delivering the MPPG/MPLex tools in our VS SDK 3.0 release. Soma highlighted these tools as a great example of Microsoft’s collaboration with the academia, and we will continue to look for these opportunities moving forward!  – James


New Team Mascot…

I forgot to mention that shortly after our team shipped VS SDK 3.0, our team got a new mascot. The good folks on the marketing team was kind enough to give us our new team mascot after our team bowling event… SUSAN! Here is a picture of Susan sitting in my office. Best of all…