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Microsoft partners are now free to extend Visual Studio to target non-Microsoft platforms according to Microsoft's developer division corporate vice president S. Somasegar. "We never had any licence restriction on the product itself," he told El Reg. "Individual developers have done whatever they wanted to do. We had a …

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Mono?

Why the heck would you need a separate "back end" to Visual Studio to target Mono? Isn't the main goal of Mono to allow you to run .NET applications unmodified on a non-Windows platform?

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Paris Hilton

what what?

I want computers to start writing their own programs this is a step backwards.

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Mono

> Isn't the main goal of Mono to allow you to run .NET applications unmodified on a non-Windows platform?

That is a goal; but how about a designer for Gtk#, for example?

Tim

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ssu

VS supported for non MS platforms for years.

Embedded developers have been using Visual Studio for non MS OS embedded platforms for many years, e.g. Phar Lap ETS. Phar Lap ETS has a tool chain that integrates into Visual Studio. As MS says its the SDK rules that have now changed.

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New rules

> e.g. Phar Lap ETS

Another factor is that Microsoft sometimes allowed this kind of integration on a case-by-case basis, if you asked nicely.

Tim

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