Our first three Power Toys for Visual Studio released

On Friday, we released our first set of Power Toys for Visual Studio!  I have to say that I have a new profound respect for UE (documentation writers) and Release PMs (those PMs who drive the release of the project), as I’ve had to play both roles last week (along with some QA work, but that’s second nature these days).


As mentioned in my previous post, MSBee is an addition to MSBuild that allows you to build managed apps in VS 2005 that target .NET 1.1.

Download MSBuild Extras – Toolkit for .NET 1.1 “MSBee” Beta 1

Managed Stack Explorer

MSE is a lightweight tool for monitoring .NET 2.0 processes and stack traces.  Just copy and run.  No installation required.

Download Managed Stack Explorer v1.1

TFS Admin Tool

The TFS Admin Tool allows you to manage users on TFS, Sharepoint, and SQL RS through one common UI. 

Download TFS Admin Tool Beta 1

What’s Next

I’m working to create official homepages for these power toys, while at the same time learning how to do screencasts.  I’m also working to create a homepage for all things power toys and Visual Studio.  I heard the term “Visual Studio Solutions Center” used the other day, and the more I think about it, the more I like it.

We’re about to start our second sprint for the power toys still in beta, completing the remaining work items, fixing bugs, and so forth.  On the PM side, we’re going to begin investigations into our second set of power toy releases.

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Comments (11)

  1. Marco Scheel says:

    Check out Visual Studio 2005 User

    [Via MSDN Blogs]

  2. bleh says:

    "I heard the term “Visual Studio Solutions Center” used the other day, and the more I think about it, the more I like it."

    Most definitely! Wish we had that for VS6/VS .NET 2003 too, they both have huge userbases, and I myself personally have to use them for certain projects.

    Just wondering – are you going to look at the specific aspects of the Team Edition and come up with some PowerToys for those?


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    Pretty cool tools – well worth checking out


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