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.
Xiaoying Guo 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.