Studio 2015 beta 1 was recently released and you can find more information about this release by going here (if you are not registered already please contact Paul). As an OpenExchange developer the next question which probably pops is if my Studio 2014 plugin will work on the new Studio version. The short answer is no and this is because Studio 2015 is build on a newer .NET version and there is a new plugin location from where Studio 2015 loads your plugins. There 3 main things that must be done in order to have your plugin ready for Studio 2015: Besides the new .NET Framework you also need to reference the new Studio API assemblies which have the same name as before is just that they are located in the Studio 2015 install folder.
As I mentioned in my introduction Studio 2015 is build against a newer version of Microsoft .NET, to be more precise is .Net Framework 4.5.2. This means that Studio 2014 plugins will not work since they are build against .Net Framework 4 and this is because you can have backward compatibility but there is no way to have future compatibility. So here are the exact steps you to recompile your plugin:
32-bit and 64-bit
Includes the .NET Framework 4.5.1
Includes the .NET Framework 4.5
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Vista SP2
Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 (64-bit edition)
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
The .NET Framework is supported in the Server Core Role with SP1 or later, but isn't supported on Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems.
Windows Server 2008 SP2
The .NET Framework is not supported in the Server Core Role.
Check this video to see the exact steps you need to do in Visual Studio to upgrade your plugin:
At this point your plugin should build against Studio 2015 assemblies.
The location from where Studio 2015 has been changed and this is because we wanted to be able to run Studio 2014 and Studio 2015 in parallel. There are 2 locations where you can deploy your plugin
SDL Plugin installer
With Studio 2015 we added and an installer for sdlplugin file types. This means when you double click an .sdlplugin file there will be an app that will guide you thru the installation steps. To see this in action just watch this video:
If you are not using Studio 2015 you can still benefit from this feature buy going to OpenExchange and install it from there.
Studio 2015 SDK will be released pretty soon but until then if you need to start a new plugin from scratch please use this Studio 2015 empty projects: