A friend, colleague and fellow MVP, Pete Vickers, brought an interesting product to my attention this weekend. iFactr has a Compact Framework plug-in for Studio 2013. I’ve not tried the plug-in, so this isn’t an endorsement just a bit of information. I also don’t know how they’re pulling it off. It looks like they have WinMo 6.5 and emulator support, and it requires an MSDN subscription. I suspect that it requires you to install Studio 2008 so you get the compilers, emulators and all of that goodness on your development system, and it then hooks into those pieces from Studio 2013.
It most certainly is not adding any new language features – you’re still going to be targeting CF 3.5 in all its glory – but the ability to use a newer toolset is a welcome addition. If they somehow are pulling it off without requiring Visual Studio 2008 that will be really nice. If you’ve tried the plug-in, let me know how it went in the comments.