SEO Toolkit Released

We just released a very cool *FREE* tool – the SEO Toolkit – that lets you optimize your IIS-based website for search engine optimization (SEO.)  If you’re interested in making your website more relevant and making sure you’re doing what you can to attract users, you should check it out.  The introduction video tells you…

MIX09 – The Gratuitous Graphics Demo

It hasn’t been nearly as long as I thought but it’s certainly been a while since I’ve posted.  I helped out with one of the MIX09 keynote demos – the Silverlight 3 “Gratuitous Graphics” demo.  Instead of keeping it tied up on my machine, I thought I’d share it:)   Try it here! (click “Open”…


You, too, can own a new PDC USB Hard Drive

Traditionally, when you first get to the PDC and stop by the registration desk, you get a bag of all kinds of goodies, including a handful of CD’s or DVD’s that might contain relevant bits for attendees.  This year, we’re handing out the bits on a 160GB USB hard drive! Since I’m helping organize the PDC…


Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1

Visual Studio and .NET Developers, along with their customers, got a nice treat today with the release of VS 2008 SP1 and .NET 3.5 SP1!  You can get the laundry list of features and download it here but there’s some work that I’m particularly excited about.  .NET 3.5 SP1 includes some excellent improvements in cold startup…



I’ve participated in several PDC’s in the past, mostly as a speaker, but this year I’m helping to do some of the organization.  Recently, I’ve been in a lot of meetings with Mike Swanson, a Technical Evangelist here at Microsoft.  Mike is one of the key ring leaders in producing the PDC content.  If you were ever interested…


PDC 2008!

Save the date!


Yahoo releases Yahoo! Messenger for Vista

Yahoo just released their Yahoo! Messenger for Vista.  I haven’t yet installed it but I do know that’s its based on WPF.  Check out some of the blog postings about it, below.


NET FX 3.5 B2 Released! What’s new in WPF?

Get it here!  The WPF team is very excited about this release because we’ve been able to follow-up on a handful of issues we heard from you so soon after the release of our V1 in NET FX 3.0.  Below, you’d find a quick summary of some of the work that you’ll see in NET FX 3.5…


.Net Framework Security Update Performance Issues

Rob Eisenberg recently posted that he was experiencing performance issues related to recent Windows auto updates that he received.  The issue was caused by a .NET Framework security update on 7/10. From the information I have it appears that a significant number of assemblies are being ngen’d after reboot.  The NGEN’ing itself can use a significant…