We got used to this with vs2015 and project.json, and now that it has been pulled as part of the "upgrade" it's an incredibly big shock to the system.
Or please just open source it and hand it over to the community to maintain..
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I hear that Sql Server Compact has been discontinued and that is why support for it has been dropped from Visual Studio.. Don't discontinue it Microsoft - Open Source it! That way it will live forever.