Will it Blend? That is the question!

We’re having fun watching the BlendTec commercials since we’ve announced that the product code named Sparkle is now Blend. Since my last post 6 months ago in July where I visited a company in Raleigh NC, I’ve been amazingly busy. I’ve visited Roxio in Santa Clara, CA. I’ve done a recruiting trip to U Penn…


on the Frontline

Two weeks ago, I spent an entire week at a customer site. This customer is in Raleigh, NC, and I got to see their early progress on a WPF prototype. They see the User Experience opportunities with WPF as a key differentiator in their market. This opportunity came about because of a program that the Server…


June CTPs now available

We’ve made available new CTPs of Expression Interactive Designer and Graphic Designer that work with the June CTP of the .Net Fx 3.0. Links are below. Interactive Designer Graphic Designer  

That’s right, you’re not from Texas, but Texas wants you anyway

With apologies to Lyle Lovett…. I’m spending this week in Texas; specifically, at Microsoft’s Las Colinas Customer Support Center in Irving, Tx. Now why in the world would I do that, voluntarily? Well, I’ll tell you… Each year as I review my performance, I look at ways I can improve. Everyone at Microsoft should do…

recruiting at Syracuse U

I went to Syracuse a little over a week ago to recruit for Microsoft. Since I started on the Sparkle project nearly 4 years ago, I’ve had the opportunity to go to Shanghai, Romania, Bulgaria, U-Penn twice, Duke, Carnegie Mellon, Va Tech, UCLA, USC, Arizona, Texas A&M, Purdue, and Florida, and I’ve done phone interviews with candidates from Waterloo and…


What’s the difference between SDE and SDET at microsoft?

I was exchanging email with a candidate last night who was confused about the differences between what dev and test do at microsoft, and as I tried to compose my thoughts about what it is that SDETs do, I thought that it would be good to share this on my blog. You can envision the SDET job…


Expression Interactive Designer – Now available!

It’s been a work in progress for what seems like a lifetime… But as of right now we FINALLY have a build of Expression Interactive Designer (EID) available for public download. We’ve also updated Expression Graphic Designer with a new XAML exporter. You can find both here: http://www.microsoft.com/expression  


Windows Live Local – Virtual Earth

I was playing around with Virtual Earth on Windows Live Local, and they’ve recently added a bird’s eye view to the mapping software. Here’s a bird’s eye view of my building on the Microsoft campus. http://local.live.com/default.aspx?v=2&cp=47.639567~-122.133399&style=o&lvl=2&scene=3729997  


Christmas Presents and teams long since past

I went to a White Elephant gift exchange with about 20 other people about 2 weeks ago. What was unusual was that this was with people who were on my very first team here at Microsoft, over 9 years ago. We hadn’t had a daVinci team function in a long time, and it was great…