Microsoft has released version 4.0 of its Software Development Kit (SDK) for Visual Studio 2005. This is the last release that will focus on Visual Studio 2005, also known as Whidbey.

From the download overview:

"This is the official Visual Studio 2005 software development kit that allows developers to integrate tools, editors, designers, languages, and much more inside Visual Studio 2005. It adds the following features: VS SDK Browser, Package Load Analyzer, Toolbox Control Installer together with a toolbox control installation sample, a redistributable package for Toolbox component vendors that simplifies deployment, a new tool for generating managed class library documentation (Sandcastle), an updated Setup experience, a new toolbar combo box sample, new integration tests for the EditorWithToolbox sample that use the VsIdeHostAdapter and much more."

As Visual Studio Codename Orcas approaches Beta now, Microsoft will be shifting focus to its next release Visual Studio codename Orcas. Speaking of which, the March 2007 Orcas CTP has also been released as a Virtual PC image.

NOTE: This release requires Visual Studio 2005 SP1.

Download at: Visual Studio 2005 SDK version 4.0

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