Ever since we launched the preview of Visual Studio Marketplace in November, the response from all of you in the community has been tremendous. With more and more extensions being added each day, the requests for one particular feature kept growing, Search. Today we are glad to announce that we are enabling search for Visual Studio Marketplace.
You can now search for extensions by clicking on the search icon in the top right corner of the page. The search currently occurs in the context of the product selected, over the following parameters: Extension Name, Publisher Name and Extension short description. Do note that integrated search is currently enabled only for Visual Studio Team Services and Visual Studio Code, but we are actively working on enabling it for Visual Studio extensions as well. Searching in Visual Studio context currently redirects your search and shows you the relevant search results in the Visual Studio Gallery.
On the search results page, you can filter extensions based on Category and also choose to sort extensions based on Relevance, Download Count, Updated date, Publisher Name and Extension Name.
This is just the start, there are a number of enhancements to the search experience in the pipeline, like search by tags, advanced search queries and so on. Watch out for more blogs posts from us, as and when improvements roll out and you can also keep an eye on Twitter for the #VSMarketplace for all the latest on Visual Studio Marketplace. As always we would love to hear your feedback so that we can constantly provide you with better experiences on Marketplace.
Why is search all the way up in the corner over there?
We are currently keeping our search consistent with other visualstudio.com properties, but we are looking at redesigns of our site that will give search a more prominent position on our home page.
Why no love for Visual Studio Extensions?
Getting Visual Studio extensions search within Marketplace is on the top of our priority and we will have updates on this for you in the near future.
I can’t find the extension I’m looking for!
Do reach out to us as VSMarketplace@microsoft.com , we will do all we can to help you with your issue.
Program Manager – Visual Studio Marketplace