This documentation is archived and is not being maintained.

Visual Studio Integration Architecture

[This topic is pre-release documentation and is subject to change in future releases. Blank topics are included as placeholders.]

The topics in this section describe Visual Studio and its integrated development environment (IDE), and introduce strategies and techniques for extending the IDE.

In This Section

Visual Studio Integration Concepts

Describes Visual Studio and the IDE, and how to create and use VSPackages and services.


VSPackages extend the IDE by providing UI elements, services, projects, editors, and designers.


A service is a contract between two VSPackages. One VSPackage offers a specific set of interfaces for another VSPackage to consume.

Releasing a Visual Studio Integration Product

Shows how to release a Visual Studio integration product.

Related Sections

Visual Studio Development Environment SDK

Introduces the Visual Studio SDK and discusses how to build products that run in and extend the Visual Studio IDE.