New XSD Functionality in Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta 1

We’re thrilled to announce that today the new XML Schema Explorer is included in the Orcas SP1 Beta release for Visual Studio 2008. We previously released a CTP showcasing a subset of the XML Schema Explorer functionality last August. Many of the people who downloaded and tried our August preview requested that we ship the functionality in Visual Studio 2008 and so we are. You can download the beta here.

The XML Schema Explorer illustrates our initial thinking about the future of XSD tools from Microsoft. Instead of working with strictly one XSD file in a text editor, the XML Schema Explorer allows you to view and work with an XML Schema Set, showing all XSDs imported and included in a hierarchal view.  The XML Schema Explorer offers tight integration with the XML Editor (allowing navigation seamlessly from Editor to XML Schema Explorer and back), the ability to search over the full schema set, the ability to show different views of a schema set (offering the ability to hide/show namespaces, files, as well as change schema set node ordering), the ability to general sample XML for global elements, and more. We are very much interested in gathering your feedback on the product, so please download the beta, give the feature set a try, and send us some feedback.

Over the next few weeks we’ll follow up with additional blog posts describing the functionality we’ve added in this release and discussing our future plans for adding to this start.

Please send us your comments, questions, and suggestions via the XML and the .NET Framework forum on MSDN here.


Tim Laverty

Program Manager, XML Tools



Comments (10)
  1. EdSF says:

    This tool will undoubtedly be helpful.

    But first things first – whatever happened to the Schema Designer in VS 2005? While typing out XML is fun, the visual representation in the "old" designer was invaluable.

  2. Anders Borum says:

    I agree with the former poster; It’s great to see that the XML Schema Explorer is back in the VS product suite, but the visual representation is also quite important.

    Why can’t we have both? 🙂

  3. It’s great to see a lot of the work that has been going on in our product unit finally get into the hands

  4. John Bailey says:

    Okay, I noticed that back in August this was being called an XML schema designer, but now designer is being dropped from the name.  Will we be getting a schema designer back anytime soon?  The schema explorer is great for understanding and examining an existing schema, but is of little use for creating a new one.

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