Jun 11

Visual Studio Shell If you create software development tools, you’ll want to consider building on the Visual Studio Shell.  A streamlined Visual Studio development environment, the Visual Studio Shell provides the core foundation so you can focus on building your application’s unique features.  Flexible customization options help you deliver optimized experiences for specific markets.  Note that the Visual Studio Shell is royalty-free for building and deploying applications.

The key benefits of the Visual Studio Shell:

  • Faster development. The Visual Studio Shell accelerates development by providing a base integrated development environment that can host custom tools and programming languages.
  • A familiar environment. Developers can build on the Visual Studio platform and provide end users a familiar user interface, speeding the learning curve for both.
  • Optimized for languages and tools. Created in response to requests from our partners, the Visual Studio Shell gives you the option of integrating your tools with Visual Studio or creating an isolated, custom-branded application.

Visual Studio Shell

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Article published on June 11, 2009

2 Responses to “Visual Studio Shell”

  1. Stewart Engelman Domain Sales Says:


    A quick question to the thread author: is VS Shell the same thing as the Express Edition of VS, or something different? If the latter, what exactly does it do that either surpassses Express Edition or falls short of relative to VS Pro?

  2. timm Says:

    Different. Visual Studio Express is a free, lightweight version of Visual Studio. Developers use VS Express to build other applications.

    OTOH, Visual Studio Shell is a streamlined version of Visual Studio IDE on which developers can build their own custom development tools. i.e., VS Shell becomes part of the application itself.

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