@ SouthernStars - this is the whole point here. You are using VS2013 and that is not okay. We couldn't fix this in the past because we have to rely on what Microsoft provides for netmf. But with post, we explained how we no longer wait.
As far as hardware longevity, our SoMs have been around for years and we are always careful to have a compatible future update. For example embedded master to emx to g120e. That is over 10 years of commitment.
Gadgeteer is nice but it is an accessory to our core commercial products.
Still, like I said many times, give it a bit of time and you will see what this GHI commitment mean to you or give us a call and we should happily explain.