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Visual Studio Extensibility White Paper

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  • Version: 1.0
  • Category: Document
  • Language: English

This white paper describes the extensibility of Visual Studio.

  • This white paper describes the extensibility of Visual Studio. The extensibility of Visual Studio provides numerous benefits, including the flexibility to build a broad range of solutions, accelerated development, the ability to deliver a familiar user interface, and a robust and growing ecosystem.


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VisualStudioExtensibility.docx3234cb11253a212d9eca6b79fa6bdabfc06a6527173 KB
VisualStudioExtensibility.pdfb1fffe8b0b5f9c3b4fa8c426c9054c5c2f6423cb302 KB
VisualStudioExtensibility.xps0e3a6bb994f255dbbdd8374280e87a2765d33a1c275 KB

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System Requirements

Operating Systems: Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, Windows XP

  • To view the Word document, you'll need a copy of Microsoft Office Word 2007, or Microsoft Word 97 or later with the free Microsoft Office Compatibility Pack for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 2007 File Formats.
    To view the PDF file, you'll need a PDF reader, such as the free Adobe Acrobat Reader.
    To view the XPS file, you'll need Windows Vista, or the Microsoft XML Paper Specification Essentials Pack.

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  • Download this white paper in your choice of the following formats: Microsoft Word document (DOCX), PDF file or XPS file.

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