.NET Micro Framework is an open source platform that enables developers to write managed code C# applications using Visual Studio for resource constrained embedded devices. Earlier this week, Microsoft released the beta update to the .NET Micro Framework SDK which adds support for Visual Studio 2013 and more.
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. The beta release that we are announcing today has preliminary support 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.
Microsoft has also updated the netmf.com website with more information about .Net Framework.
Read more about it here.