Visual Studio SDK 1.1 Beta Readme

Readme for Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta

This readme provides information about what is new in Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta and what has been updated since earlier releases.

1. New or Updated in the Visual Studio 2008 SDK

Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta lets customers work with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta extensibility features.

1.1 Updates Since the Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.0 Release

· Significant reduction in size for Visual Studio Shell redistributable packages. The Visual Studio Shell Isolated and Visual Studio Shell Integrated redistributables are now approximately 150 megabytes smaller. The redistributables no longer carry the full .NET Framework 3.5 payload. However, they contain a bootstrapper that automatically downloads the .NET Framework 3.5 runtime if it is not installed on the target computer.

· Support for progress feedback in a chained installation. The Visual Studio Shell Isolated and Visual Studio Shell Integrated redistributables can now pass installation progress back to the chaining process. This lets developers display accurate progress in their setup programs.

· Visual Studio Shell development now supports normal user. Developing and deploying a Visual Studio Shell application no longer requires the developer to be an administrator on a Windows XP computer or to have elevated privileges on a Windows Vista computer.

· New XML Tree Editor sample. The SQL Server team has provided a new XML Tree Editor sample.

· Updated shell documentation. Addition documentation about the shell has been added.

2. Known Issues

2.1 Visual Studio SDK installs on top of Visual Studio

The Visual Studio 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta can be installed on top of Visual Studio. However, only install the SDK if Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 is installed on the computer.

2.2 The project name for a shell project must have fewer than 32 characters

A shell project that is created by using the Visual Studio SDK must have a project name that does not exceed 32 characters. Although this requirement is not enforced in the New Project wizard, a project that has a longer name will terminate without warning when it is started.

2.3 Settings files are not respected when Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 Isolated Shell are installed on the same computer

If a Visual Studio settings file is included in an Isolated Shell application, it is not processed when the Shell is deployed to a computer that has Visual Studio 2005 installed. To correct this problem, add the following registry key to the PKGDEF file that is associated with your package.




3. Product Support

3.1 Latest How-To Information

For the latest information about new features, including Visual Studio Shell development, visit the VSX team blog at and the VSXUE team blog at

3.2 Getting Help

To get help from the community or the Visual Studio SDK product development teams, use the following MSDN forums: