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New Preview label for Visual Studio extensions

December 7th, 2018 No comments

Visual Studio extensions can now be marked with a Preview label which is shown very clearly on the Visual Studio Marketplace. This gives your customers clear expectations that this version could contain issues as you are actively developing new features. You can get feedback from your users earlier, test out new code changes to improve your extension, and continue to provide a stable version for your users that may require it.

Determining the quality of an extension is today an exercise left to the extension user. If an extension isn’t recommended by a friend, coworker or other trusted person, all we can do is to look at the number of downloads, the star rating, and reviews to determine if we perceive the quality to be high enough for us to try out the extension.

The new preview label explicitly communicates some important details to the consumer about what to expect from the extension. This helps them to understand that the extension may not be feature complete and may contain bugs. It can also help to communicate to them that feedback is welcome to improve the extension before its final release and the preview label removed.

If the version of your extension is less than one (i.e. v0.5) then it will likely benefit from adding the preview label.

Add the preview label

In your extension’s .vsixmanifest file, add the new <Preview> element to the <Metadata> node.

<Metadata>
  <Identity Id="[guid]" Version="0.8" Language="en-US" Publisher="My name" />
  <DisplayName>Extension name</DisplayName>
  <Description>Extension description.</Description>
  <Icon>Resources\Icon.png</Icon>
  <Preview>true</Preview>
</Metadata>

Now upload your extension to the Visual Studio Marketplace to see the new preview label show up. If your extension isn’t uploaded but referenced by a link, then there is a checkbox you can check to add the preview label when you edit your linked extension on the Marketplace.

It’s important to note that the extension will not change behavior in any way due to the addition of the preview label.

Try it out

If you have any applicable extensions, then use the preview label to better communicate the right expectations to your users and get a better chance at higher ratings.

Mads Kristensen, Senior Program Manager
@mkristensen

Mads Kristensen is a senior program manager on the Visual Studio Extensibility team. He is passionate about extension authoring, and over the years, he’s written some of the most popular ones with millions of downloads.

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview is Now Available for Download

Today at TechEd Europe 2013 we announced availability of the System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 previews.  You can download these products right now from the evaluation center.

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 provide a wealth of new advancements to help IT organizations build and deliver private and hybrid cloud infrastructure for their businesses.  Some of the highlights include:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Now Available for DownloadEnabling hybrid cloud – Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center enable virtual machine portability across customer, service provider and Windows Azure clouds, while a new System Center Management Pack for Windows Azure enhances cross-cloud management of virtual machine and storage resources.  Windows Azure Backup and Hyper-V Recovery Manager provide offsite backup and disaster recovery options.
  • Windows Azure Pack provides Windows Azure technology that enterprises and services providers can run on their Windows Server infrastructure for multi-tenant web and virtual machine cloud services. 
  • Built-in software-defined networking – Site-to-Site VPN Gateway helps customers seamlessly bridge physical and virtual networks and extend them from their datacenter to service provider datacenters. 
  • High performance, cost effective storage Features such as Storage Spaces Tiering, VHDX resizing and de-duplication for virtual desktop infrastructure provide high performance for critical on-premises workloads (like SQL and Hyper-V) using lower-cost, industry-standard hardware.
  • Empowering employee productivity – Windows Server Work Folders, Web App Proxy, improvements to Active Directory Federation Services and other technologies will help companies give their employees consistent access to company resources on the device of their choice.

This and a number of other announcements are highlighted on the Server and Cloud Blog post, “TechEd Europe Launches with Cloud OS Product Previews, Partner Announcements and Customer Case Studies”.  Be sure to take a look at it.  There is a wealth of information on the products, Brad Anderson’s keynote and blog post links, press release links and more!

For those of you interested in the TechEd sessions for Windows Server, be sure and review the Modern Datacenter track in the catalog. Additional filtering can be applied with the tagging to get right at the Windows Server sessions you might be interested in.  There are sessions on virtualization, storage, manage, security, etc. Enjoy!