As of SDK 4.3.1 (R2) Microsoft Visual Studio is no longer required to install
the base SDK. However,to deploy and debug applications a supported version of
Visual Studio is required along with a project system extension for the .NET
Micro Framework (a.k.a VSIX package). To enable use of the .NET Micro Framework
with multiple versions of Visual Studio the Visual Studio integration and
project system are now separate and available from the Visual Studio Extension
To install the VSIX extension for .NET Micro Framework projects:
* From Visual studio main menu select “Tools”
* select “Extensions and Updates” From the drop down menu to see available
extensions [ you can filter the view with the keyword ‘NETMF’].
The Supported Versions of Visual Studio are:
* VS2012 (Pro,Ultimate, Express) * VS2013 (Pro, Ultimate, Express)
* VS14 CTP 2 (pre-release support only)
To allow use with existing firmware builds the actual framework revision remains
the same as the previous release (4.3.1) even though the SDK itself has a new
So it looks like I didnt just click on the .vsix file, I added it using the “extensions and updates” menu option.
Also, is your version of vs2013 one of the supported versions? “vs2013 premium” and “vs2013 test Pro” and the “vs2013 online” versions arent supported apparently
Edit: Oh… you said you already do netduino stuff… so this probably isnt your issue.