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Visual Studio Software Development Kit (SDK)

The Visual Studio SDK includes documentation, samples, and code to help you develop products that integrate with Visual Studio.

To download the latest Visual Studio SDK release, go to the Microsoft Download Center.

Important note Important

In Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, some changes have been made to the Visual Studio project system to manage the new universal Windows app project type. For more information, see Universal Windows Apps. For a walkthrough that demonstrates the changes, see Walkthrough: Managing Universal Windows Projects.

For information about the assemblies that have changed in Visual Studio 2013 Update 2, and the version number you should use to reference them, see Referencing Assemblies Delivered in the Visual Studio 2013 SDK Update 2.

The Visual Studio Extensibility Developer Center on the MSDN website offers the news and information about Visual Studio extensibility.

Introducing the Visual Studio SDK

Describes how you can automate and extend Visual Studio, and links to more detailed information.

Extending Visual Studio Overview

Contains documentation that shows how to extend Visual Studio.

Customizing for Testing By Using the Visual Studio SDK

Shows how you can extend Team Edition for Testers to add new test types.

Visual Studio SDK Reference

Contains reference documentation.

Visual Studio

Contains the documentation for Visual Studio itself.

Toolbox Controls Installer

These guidelines—on the Microsoft Download Center website—show how to install toolbox controls in the Visual Studio Toolbox.

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