Visual Studio 2010 == Visual Studio 2008 + ReSharper

Do you want the next gen of next-gen applications? Get the Visual Studio 2010 CTP! Which is – according to Microsoft itself – really just Visual Studio 2008 with ReSharper installed.

Visual Studio 2010 == Visual Studio 2008 + ReSharper

Take a close look. (Click on the image above for the full-size image.) The window in front clearly shows Visual Studio 2008 with the ReSharper menu (between “Test” and “Window”) and right-hand ReSharper code analysis bar (yellow square and lines indicating warnings in the file). Even funnier is the window in behind, which is the ReSharper Options dialog (ALT-R-O). This is not a photoshopped image, but an actual screenshot from

This gave me a chuckle. I hope it brightens your morning too.

About James Kovacs

James Kovacs is a Technical Evangelist for JetBrains. He is passionate in sharing his knowledge about OO, SOLID, TDD/BDD, testing, object-relational mapping, dependency injection, refactoring, continuous integration, and related techniques. He blogs on as well as his own blog, is a technical contributor for Pluralsight, writes articles for MSDN Magazine and CoDe Magazine, and is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups. He is the creator of psake, a PowerShell-based build automation tool, intended to save developers from XML Hell. James is the Ruby Track Chair for DevTeach, one of Canada’s largest independent developer conferences. He received his Bachelors degree from the University of Toronto and his Masters degree from Harvard University.
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  • Hollydae

    vs2010 sucks ass – it’s slow, looks awful, incomprehensible. It’s the perfect tool for disasters.

  • modeeb

    I have seen some of the previews of Visual Studio 2010 and some of the features really resembles that of ReSharper, I now wonder what would be there in ReSharper to add as they did with the previous versions of VS

  • Senthil Kumar

    This sounds interesting :-)

  • Nick

    yeah maybe them Microsoft can fix thier damn memory leak in Visual Studio and Jet brains can stop having to make wrappers for Visual Studio to avoid thier lack of quality.

    Fix your products first MS

  • It Jobs

    bahah! classic!

    Good spot!!!

  • species2175


    I’ve got it first hand. If you’re a Resharper developer: You will still need Resharper. Microsoft is not going to ‘assimilate’ Resharper.
    I’ve seen the latest work very recently: VS2010 is gonna kick ass! Add Resharper to the equation and you have got a very cool package!

  • James Kovacs

    @configurator – Microsoft updated their site earlier today to correct the erroneous screenshots, which is why I included the screenshot above. As noted by another commenter here (, for a short time Microsoft had an image of Visual Studio with “ReSharper Options” in the title bar, but the code editor and toolbars of VS2008 – obviously a quickly doctored image. Many people saw the original images showing ReSharper on the Microsoft site. So just ask around on Twitter and I’m sure many folks will vouch for the fact that the above image is legit.

  • confiugrator

    Well, that’s not what I see in the link you posted…

  • Chris Pietschmann

    Man that is hilarious! I wonder what Marketing person chose those screenshots for the website?

  • Ashith Raj

    Thats a good catch.. anyways, MS can bring in amazing Open Source Tools and 3rd party tools in to VS2010 then it would be great for the developer community and productivity of the team

  • Luciano Evaristo Guerche (Gorše)

    Based on what I have seen so far, NDepend has also being mimicked…

  • q

    @Jef Claes: Guys from Resharper already established a good habit of being one or two steps ahead 😉

    @James: rotfl

  • Jef Claes

    Too bad for the guys from Resharper. Their sales will drop a ton if they don’t come up with more handy stuff.

  • http://www.Marisic.Net Chris Marisic

    Resharper really is that awesome.

  • Chris Brandsma

    OK, that is too funny. Any bets that was one of the product guys having fun with marketing.

  • Avner Kashtan

    I can see it now. “Hey, the marketing guys want us to send a screenshot of a recent VS2010 build for the website. Can you snap a shot or two off the nearest test machine you can find? Doesn’t matter which, just grab a screenshot and forward it directly to them”.

  • Don Demsak

    I’ve been using the VS2010 PDC CTP (to prepare for the Furtures of C# and VB talk at the MSDN DevCon), and yes, it looks and feels like R#, even the VB stuff. Actually, the VB demo I’m giving shows off the R# like refactoring capabilities.

    So, if you have a copy of the VS 2010 CTP given out at the PDC, you can test it out yourself.

  • Sathish

    Thats so dumb of microsoft. Microsoft is already freely distribusing Coderush Xprss

  • James Kovacs

    @Matt – My sources say that this isn’t the case. :)
    @JH – I can’t take credit for spotting it. A friend at JetBrains IM’d me with the link and asked if I noticed anything interesting.

  • JH

    Good eye James!

  • Stephen

    Personally I think its quite intended.. and theres a considerable set of changes in vs2010, using the mef and wpf is pretty considerable, especially given they are employed to power tool extension, which so far has been a bit ‘ugh’.

  • Matt Freeman

    Maybe VS 2010 will include Resharper? With Microsoft adopting JQuery perhaps this has opened the door to such? It would be good for Jetbrains due to volume and good for Microsoft to have a good way to support NUnit and encourage TDD. Scott Gutherie influence perhaps leaked to VS product team.