Now Available: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Virtual Machines with Sample Data

March 20, 2010 Update: A newer version of this content is now available! New labs, new sample app, new Visual Studio bits… click here.April 27, 2010 Update: The Beta 2 VHD is effectively expired now that the trial bits have stopped working, so I have struck out the text below. Please see the new version of the VHD…


Using a download manager to quickly download Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

10/21 Update: These instructions now include public links to the Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 ISO’s. The instructions in this blog post are meant to accompany 10-4 Episode 33: Downloading and Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2. Please view that video for additional context, including a step-by-step walkthrough for installing Visual Studio 2010 beta 2….


Get ready to “go live” with Team Foundation Server 2010 beta 2!

Beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 is going to be available very soon NOW! – unfortunately that’s all that the marketing team will let me tell you right now. 🙂 But the best news is that beta 2 of Team Foundation Server 2010 will have a “go live” license, meaning that you can use…


Visual Studio: The Documentary

It’s here! Our team just published Visual Studio: The Documentary to Channel 9. I had the opportunity to help contribute to this piece and I’m really proud to see the finished product. Tina and team did a great job of pulling together lots of historical content, interviews, screenshots, box shots, random tidbits, etc. to really…


Slides from my TechEd Brazil Sessions

Last month I had the opportunity to visit Brazil and present at TechEd Brazil 2009 to share my passion about what’s coming in Visual Studio Team System 2010. I finally got around to uploading my slides from two of my presentations. The decks aren’t scripted so if you weren’t at my talk you might be…


Why BCC can be bad thing for large email distribution lists (and what to do about it)

If you work at a large company like I do, then you probably participate in at least a handful of email distribution lists. An email distribution list is a single email address (e.g. which allows you to send a mail to one address which is then delivered to 1 or more people (potentially even…


Zoom in/out with Visual Studio 2010 editor

Edit: The keyboard shortcuts below will only work with builds of Visual Studio 2010 post-beta 1. So this is something to look forward to for beta 2, coming “soon”! Visual Studio 2010 now supports the ability to zoom in and out of the text editor by using the mouse wheel. I love this feature for…


Faster bootup time (sort of) for Windows

When Windows boots up, it will automatically start many of your services prior to you even logging in. This means that by the time you log in, many of the services your machine uses are already started and you don’t have to wait for them to launch. But your startup applications (like Outlook, Messenger, etc.)…


Visual Studio Team System Rangers Web Site Goes Live

The Visual Studio Team Systems Rangers is a group that I’ve been fortunate to work with for the past few years. They consist of VSTS product team members, top-notch Microsoft Consulting Services specialists, and VSTS MVP’s who have a straightforward mission of creating great content for Visual Studio Team System. In the past this content…


This Week on Channel 9 with Amanda Silver

Despite Dan being gone on paternity leave (we miss you Dan!) it’s been a great month for This Week on Channel 9 due to the great guest hosts we’ve been getting! This week we were lucky enough to get Amanda Silver to drop on by. Amanda has been on Channel 9 in the past and…