So, if you've ever needed to use some functionality of WinDbg or SOS (and any of the other extensions) while debugging in VisualStudio, there is some hope...
I've added 2 feature suggestions on the Microsoft Connect website for two features:
- View an object's rooted references at runtime - https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/637376/add-feature-to-debugger-to-view-an-objects-rooted-references
- View an object's memory footprint/usage - https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/637373/add-feature-to-debugger-to-view-an-objects-memory-footprint-usage
As a side note, if you can't wait for the next version of VisualStudio, there are 2 different workarounds in the meantime:
- Load SOS into the Immediate Window as documented here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/yy6d2sxs.aspx
- The other option is to stop at a breakpoint in VisualStudio, and then attach WinDbg in "non-invasive" mode.