Visual Studio 2008 Shell Isolated Mode
The Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (isolated mode) enables partners to create unique and isolated applications that run side-by-side with other editions of Visual Studio installed on the machine. Isolated mode is optimized for specialized tools which can have full access to Visual Studio services while maintaining a custom appearance with extensive branding flexibility. Visual Studio feature sets and menu command groups can be easily turned on and off. The application title, application icon, and splash screen are fully customizable. For a list of customizable features, see Isolated Shell Extensibility Points.
To create an isolated shell application, create a Visual Studio Shell Isolated project. You can then customize your isolated shell application. When your application is ready to be deployed, you must obtain a shell load key (SLK) and add it to your shell project. For more information, see How to: Obtain an SLK for a Shell Application.
This Visual Studio SDK contains everything you need to start developing and testing your own isolated shell application based on Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 Shell (isolated mode) technology. Once you are ready to build the setup and deployment for your application, you will need to download the VS 2008 Shell (isolated mode) redistributable package. For more information, see the Walkthrough: A Basic Isolated Shell Custom Tool.