Visual Studio 2013, VS "14" .NET Micro Framework Support is here!


Today's Hardware Friday is great news for hardware hackers that are Visual Studio 2013 fans...

.NET Micro Framework now supports Visual Studio 2013

Today the .NET Micro Framework team is releasing a beta update of the .NET Micro Framework SDK that adds support for Visual Studio 2013. The release also contains other improvements that will benefit developers and hardware partners, making the install and update experience better.

Check out the .NET Micro Framework Team blog, and the site to learn more about .NET Micro Framework and this release. Read the Microsoft Open Technologies blog to learn more about this open source project and community engagement.

You can download the .NET Micro Framework SDK 4.3.1 (SDK R2 Beta) update from our Codeplex site. Please try it out, provide feedback and start contributing to the open source project.

Supporting for Visual Studio 2013

The .NET Micro Framework SDK now supports Visual Studio 2013. That’s welcome news, since we’ve heard many requests for this support. In the process of integrating the SDK into Visual Studio 2013, we adopted a new architectural approach that decouples the .NET Framework SDK from Visual Studio. You can now use the Visual Studio version that works best for you, or multiple versions at once. ....


.NET Micro Framework is Open Source

The .NET Micro Framework is an open source project from Microsoft, licensed as Apache 2. It is developed by Microsoft engineers assigned to Microsoft Open Technologies and by others in the maker community. Hardware makers are able to use the .NET Micro Framework code from the Codeplex project without any additional license or paying any fee to Microsoft.

Next Steps

The .NET Micro Framework SDK 4.3.1. (R2 Beta) release brings key improvements and updates. The Visual Studio 2013 support has been a common request which the .NET Micro Framework team is glad to deliver. But the team doesn’t want to stop here and is already at work on many more updates and improvements....

SDK Beta with Visual Studio 2013 Support Released


The .NET Micro Framework SDK now supports multiple Visual Studio versions

With the release the team took the opportunity to not only add support for Visual Studio 2013 but also change the method by which the .NET Micro Framework SDK is installed.  The change helps set the stage for making future updates easier.  The SDK installation is now decoupled from the Visual Studio project extensions using VSIX.  This has several benefits:

  • Support multiple versions of Visual Studio. The beta SDK release supports Visual Studio 2012 and 2013.  See note below for Visual Studio “14”.
  • Simplified support for new versions of Visual Studio.  With the old SDK installer architecture a new version of the SDK installer had to be created for each version of Visual Studio.  With the new architecture the SDK installer will support new versions of Visual studio through an update in the VSIX gallery.
  • Allow side by side installations of Visual Studio. Many of you are managing and maintaining multiple software projects some of which may require different versions of Visual Studio.  Or maybe you are an early adopter trying out the latest tools.  If your development machine has multiple versions of Visual Studio installed you can now install the .NET Micro Framework SDK for each version of Visual Studio that you have installed on the same machine.


Other improvements

Now that the Visual Studio 2013 integration beta is out in public, we also want to update you on the other improvements the team has been working on.


The .NET micro Framework team has also been investigating network stability issues that have been reported in the community.  We are looking at the broad range of the product's networking capabilities, including TCP, IP, UDP, and DHCP protocols.  ...

Debug and deployment experience

The team is also investigating debugging and deployment issues that have been reported by the community.....


As you may have noticed, we updated the website.  We wanted to provide a more welcoming home for the .NET Micro Framework community, with a more modern look. ...



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