Below are the key results from the VSX survey from the fall of 2007. Please take a few minutes an participate in our VSX Survey (Spring 2008). Once our latest survey closes, we will share the results soon after including the trends between surveys.



Have you ever installed an extension to Visual Studio such as a macro, Add-in, productivity tool, custom control, or other component that was not included within Visual Studio?

(Check all that apply. Skip if you've never installed an extension for Visual Studio.)

· [37%] - I have installed one or more Microsoft extensions

· [30%] - I have installed one or more commercial 3rd party extensions

· [29%] - I have installed one or more non-commercial 3rd party extensions


Have you used the Visual Studio SDK?

(Check all versions that apply. Skip if you've never used the Visual Studio SDK.)

· [74%] - Visual Studio 2005 SDK

· [26%] - Visual Studio 2008 SDK


What kind of extensions for Visual Studio do you create?

(Check all that apply)

· [20%] - Macros

· [54%] - Add-ins

· [76%] - Packages

· [15%] - Content

· [28%] - Controls


What is the primary technology you are building into Visual Studio?

(Check all that apply)

· [18%] - Reusable Components (WinForms Control, WebForms Control, Shared Library, ActiveX Component, etc.)

· [10%] - Application Lifecycle Management (Source Code Control, Project Management, Bug Tracking, Asset Management, etc.)

· [13%] - Code Analysis (Integrating with Microsoft languages, Source Navigation, Obfuscation, Modeling, Code Generation, Code Understanding, etc.)

· [15%] - Programming Language (Adding a new language to Visual Studio, Compiler, Debugger, Project System, Language Service, etc.)

· [18%] - Support Tools (Database Management, Installers, Tools that support the software development process, etc.)

· [13%] - Domain Specific Language (DSL) Designers (Code modeling, architecture modeling, infrastructure modeling, industry modeling, UI modeling, data modeling)

· [13%] - Content (Help Documentation, Templates, Wizards, Process Guidance, Policy, etc.)


What version(s) of Visual Studio do you extend?

(Check all that apply)

· [26%] - Visual Studio 2003

· [95%] - Visual Studio 2005

· [42%] - Visual Studio 2008

· [10%] - Visual Studio 2008 Shell (Integrated)

· [10%] - Visual Studio 2008 Shell (Isolated)


How are your Visual Studio extensions deployed?

(Check all that apply)

· [27%] - Commercial extensions for resale.

· [29%] - Internal line of business extensions.

· [12%] - Shareware or freeware extensions.

· [11%] - Shared or open source extension projects.

· [21%] - Extensions for personal use that are not distributed.


What language do you use to build extensions for Visual Studio?

(Check all that apply)

· [68%] - C#

· [20%] - C++

· [9%] - Visual Basic

· [4%] - Other


Have you visited any of these extensibility websites?

(Check all that apply)

· [18%] - VSX Forum on msdn.com

· [23%] - CodePlex.com

· [21%] - msdn.com/vsx

· [21%] - vsipmembers.com

· [17%] - VSX Team blog(s)


How satisfied are you with the video contents?

· [3%] - Very satisfied

· [18%] - Satisfied

· [17%] - Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied

· [3%] - Dissatisfied

· [1%] - Very Dissatisfied

· [59%] - N/A - Never used it


How satisfied are you with the QuickStart Tutorials?

· [2%] - Very satisfied

· [26%] - Satisfied

· [29%] - Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied

· [3%] - Dissatisfied

· [2%] - Very Dissatisfied

· [38%] - N/A - Never used it


How satisfied are you with the transparency of the team’s direction and status, published via the VSX Team blog?

· [5%] - Very satisfied

· [36%] - Satisfied

· [18%] - Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied

· [4%] - Dissatisfied

· [1%] - Very Dissatisfied

· [35%] - N/A - Never used it


How satisfied are you with the VSX forum on msdn.com?

· [6%] - Very satisfied

· [32%] - Satisfied

· [23%] - Neither satisfied nor unsatisfied

· [6%] - Dissatisfied

· [1%] - Very Dissatisfied

· [32%] - N/A - Never used it