How to create a Visual Studio extensibility project that is compatible with VS 2010, 2012 and 2013

For most common project types, you can just create a project in VS2010 and open it in 2012 and 2013 just fine. For some others (like VS package or VSIX projects), you may find Visual Studio wants to perform a one-way conversion:



The first check that was introduced with VS2012 was to require a new $(MinimumVisualStudioVersion) property that has to match the also newly introduced $(VisualStudioVersion). The one-way upgrade would end up introducing the following two properties at different places in the project file:

<VisualStudioVersion Condition="'$(VisualStudioVersion)' == ''">10.0</VisualStudioVersion>

The next was to improve the way the location of the VSSDK is determined (to allow overriding it on build servers, I assume). Where previously you’d have a hardcoded reference to the VSSDK targets:...

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