Microsoft is making extensibility a key goal for the planned Visual Studio 15 upgrade along with other changes, including performance monitoring for extensions, a company official said on Thursday.

Extensions are code packages that provide new or improved Visual Studio features. In that vein, Microsoft seeks easier installation of tools and better performance and productivity, said Tim Sneath, principal lead program manager for Visual Studio. Among the improvements is a performance monitoring system. “Customers will now see a gold notification bar when an extension is slowing load time or typing speed,” Sneath said. Visual Studio 15 has been available in a preview stage.

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