Visual Studio 2013 Preview: add-ins still supported, add-in template moved to SDK

The question that I raised one month ago about support for add-ins in Visual Studio 2013 already has an answer: they will be supported. If you install the Visual Studio 2013 Preview or set a virtual machine in Windows Azure with the Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate preview image (my approach), your will notice two things:

  1. The Add-in Manager is still there.
  2. In the New Project dialog, the “Other Project Types” \ “Extensibility” node doesn’t exist (nor the “Visual Studio Add-in” template).

About this second fact, I guess that now I can reveal this: Microsoft consulted me confidentially many months ago about moving the “Visual Studio Add-in” template to the Visual Studio SDK and I thought that it would be a good idea, a more natural place with other Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX) templates. And certainly, if you install the Visual Studio 2013 Preview SDK, the “Other Project Types” \ “Extensibility” node appears with the “Visual Studio Add-in” template and others for “Visual Studio Package” and “Visual Studio Shell Isolated”. BTW, I requested Microsoft support for add-ins in the Extension Manager (removing Add-in Manager), VSIX, etc. as other extensions (to gain parity) but it seems that to no avail. Add-ins will remain as second- class citizens in the VSX ecosystem.