Introducing a powerful new Extension Manager

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The Visual Studio Marketplace is filled with incredible extensions that let you customize your IDE, boost your productivity, and integrate with your other development tools. We’ve heard feedback from developers like you that it can be difficult to find important information like ratings and full-length descriptions when browsing the Marketplace with the Extension Manager.

Starting with Visual Studio 17.7 Preview 3, you can now enable a preview of our modernized Extension Manager that highlights extension details and helps you more easily discover the extensions you’ll love. We’re excited for you to try it and share your feedback!

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We know from speaking with developers that while you value extensions, you sometimes experience challenges installing and using them. This update of our Extension Manager is about solving some of the issues you’ve shared and improving your quality-of-life as a user. As we continue to work towards our official release, we’ll release blog posts with updates along the way about how we’re using your feedback to build the best Extension Manager.

Enable the new Extension Manager in Visual Studio 17.7 Preview 3

To use the new Extension Manager, make sure you have Visual Studio 17.7 Preview 3 or later installed from the preview channel and go to Tools > Options > Environment > Preview Features and enable the feature called Extension Manager UI Refresh (requires restart). After you restart Visual Studio, you’ll find the updated Extension Manager at Extensions > Manage Extensions.

What’s new with the Extension Manager

The new design puts the content you care about front-and-center and brings rich extension descriptions right into the Extension Manager. You’ll now be able to learn more about each extension without ever opening a browser to visit an extension’s repo or even leaving the IDE!

Full-length extension descriptions in the Extension Manager

We’ve also streamlined extension categories to make it easier for you to explore extensions by their purpose, such as extensions that personalize your theme, for example, or help you document your codebase.

Browsing extensions by category

Let us know what you think!

We’re excited to share this preview with you and want to let you know we have even more design improvements to come in future versions! We’ll continue to evolve and improve the Extension Manager UI and your continued feedback is instrumental. Once you’ve had a chance to enable and use the new design, please share your feedback with us on this ticket in the Developer Community so we can bring you the best Extension Manager for our official release. We can’t do this without you!

After trying out the new design, if you decide at any point to disable the preview feature and return to the original Extension Manager, we’d love to hear why so that we can make sure the final design has the features that you care about.

If you run into any bugs or issues, please report them and we’ll work on delivering fixes.

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