Integrate SharePoint Designer functionality into Visual Studio
Integrate SharePoint Designer functionality into Visual Studio so that developers can accomplish all required SharePoint development and administration tasks in a single IDE rather than having to bounce back and forth between Visual Studio and SharePoint Designer for various tasks and development activities.
Ideally, I would like to be able to perform all functions that I currently perform directly in SharePoint Designer entirely in Visual Studio. That way, Visual Studio can be my IDE of my choice as a developer and SharePoint Designer can be used for "non-developers" who do not have access to Visual Studio. At the bare minimum, I would like the same features and functionality of SharePoint Designer 2013 Workflows integrated into Visual Studio 2013.
Xiaoying Guo - MSFT commented
Thanks for your feedback! May I know what functionalities in SharePoint Designer you are most expecting to get supported in Visual Studio?
Program Manager, Microsoft Visual Studio SharePoint Developer Tools Team
Richard Weston commented
Brilliant idea, it particularly annoys me when SharePoint Designer becomes the default editor for certain file types that I would rather use in VS. I have to reset the default type.
I think that VS would handle the stuff that we can do in SPD far more elegantly.
I understand non-VS users should still have access to a free, standalone app too.