Project Siena

Microsoft Project Siena (code name) is the beta release of a new technology for business experts, business analysts, consultants, and other app imagineers. Now, without any programming, you can create powerful apps for the device-first and cloud-connected world, with the potential to transform today’s business processes. Building Siena apps is as easy as editing a…

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Visual Studio 2013 RC Available

The latest and greatest installment of Visual Studio is now available for download. There have been several product enhancements (new tools for line of business applications, Web applications, games, mobile devices, services and of course applications targeting Windows 8.1) to improve developer efficiency and overall performance in the IDE we all know and trust. New…

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.NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview

Things are moving quite fast nowadays and while it’s hard to keep up with every new piece of technology that’s being introduced, some warrant more time than others. To that end, the .NET Framework 4.5.1 Preview released a few months ago includes a set of improvements that build on top of the .NET Framework 4…

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Holy //BUILD Batman!

I thought the previous //BUILD conferences (2012 | 2011) had a lot of content but this year definitely surpassed it. Although I couldn’t do the whole conference justice in a single blog post, here are a few key highlights: Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 Preview is the next step forward for a truly modern computing experience with…

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Microsoft Open Technologies Announces VM Depot

If you’ve been wanting to use Windows Azure but couldn’t because a particular open source virtual machine (VM) wasn’t available or you didn’t have the time to configure one, well you’re in luck. The newly released preview of VM Depot from Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc., (MS Open Tech) allows you to build, deploy and share…

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Excel 2013 New Features

After conducting training for Office 2010 there was always the proverbial question of “What’s Next?” Well if you’ve been using Office 2013 Customer Preview then you know that there are a lot of new features packed into this latest version of Office. Although each application offers a host of productivity enhancements, let’s take a closer…

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Visual Studio Agents

I immensely enjoy working with the “latest and greatest” software but as is always the case, being on the cutting edge does mean that there are certain nuisances that are to be expected. Having said that I fully expected a knockdown, drag out fight to ensue when I wanted to configure the Lab Center portion…

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Team Foundation Server 11 Power Tools Beta

If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) combined with Visual Studio (VS) then most likely you’ve installed the TFS Power Tools. Prior to this latest incarnation, it provided quite a bit of functionality and was almost not an optional component but rather a necessity when it came to certain tasks at hand (e.g. customizing…

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Visual Studio 11 Beta

The Visual Studio Beta has been released and if you think it’s just a new skin think again. I’ll leave it to the VS team’s blog to list all of the new features although I will provide my color commentary on some of them. First and foremost the most radical change is the new Integrated…

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Roslyn CTP Released

I’ve wrote quite a few blog posts about Anders Hejlsberg (i.e. Visual Studio Asynchronous Programming, Visual Studio 11) and deserving so as he’s one of those people that once you meet him you soon realize just how much knowledge he has to offer. You also quickly comprehend just how little you know in the grand…

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