Best Workplace in the World

Allow me for a moment to digress from technical jargon and “how to tutorials” so that I can relay an award that was recently given to Microsoft. Fortune Magazine published their first annual list of the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces and Microsoft ranked number 1. Rankings were based on data from the Great Place to…

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Premier Support for Developers Offering

I’ve mentioned Premier Support for Developers (PSfD) before but when I saw this video I thought it bore mentioning again. While it lists the Technical Account Manager (TAM) as the point of contact as opposed to the Application Development Manager (ADM), it none the less is a good video (~9 MB) illustrating all of the services…

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The Art of Vision

All too often company events are filled with endless meetings, bad food and “death by PowerPoint.” So it was with great surprise that at my team’s recent offsite the meetings weren’t one long format but instead divided into multiple tracks, the food was outstanding and while there was some PowerPoint, it was far from the…

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Exploring Windows 8

Now that the Developer Preview has been released I’m sure you’ve been on an exploration expedition to see all the features and capabilities it has to offer. While many things will undoubtedly change, there are some constants in the mix. I myself have been using Windows 8 within a VM and here are a few…

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Building with VS11 and Team Foundation Service Preview

Now that a preview of the Team Foundation Service is available, let’s start talking about how to take your Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) to the cloud with it. While the service doesn’t currently offer everything that the typical server installation does (e.g. Lab Management, SharePoint Integration and Reporting [SSRS]) it does pack a lot into…

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Expression Studio Ultimate

Trying to convey to developers or other IT related staff a new concept or how to accomplish a certain task via KB articles, MSDN code samples, conference calls, etc. is sometimes a daunting task. This is why I’ve always been under the impression that “seeing” does wonders compared to “reading” a lengthy white paper. To…

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Creating Custom Team Foundation Server Reports

If you’re currently using Team Foundation Server (TFS) then you already know about the standard reports that come with a specific template (e.g. Scrum, MSF for Agile, etc.). If these canned reports (or even a customized work item query) retrieve all the data you need, then your journey ends here. If however you do need additional…

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Visual Studio 11

I’ve been using the Visual Studio (VS) Developer Preview a lot lately and while there is no doubt that some items may change when this gets to the Release To Manufacturing (RTM) stage, it’s clear that from the new Team Foundation Server (TFS) advances to the new language enhancements, there’s already been a lot of…

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