Making sense of Visual Studio 2005 versions

I have been made aware of the following tool that helps you decide on which VS 2005 product is right for you: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/msdn/visualstudio/productselector/ It seems to be sensible and useful to me, but I’d appreciate any feedback, good or bad. Do you find this stuff useful?


Would you like an XBox 360 with all the trimmings?

A few weeks ago I published this article. Although we got some responses we’ve decided to up the tempo slightly by offering to give away an Xbox 360 if we publish your story. And in fact we’ll throw in a few more bits and pieces too, so you’ll get the hard-drive version, with an extra…


Reach vs Fidelity: WinFX, Atlas, WPF/E, XBAP and ASP.NET

In the world of application delivery there has long been a choice between reach and fidelity: either your application is high fidelity (eg a rich client with a rich user experience) or it has really broad reach (eg an HTML page). The Nirvana is to bring these two things together so that you get broad…

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Will we go beyond gaming on XBOX 360?

Having just got hold of an XBOX 360 I spent the weekend having fun with HD gaming. A couple of things became evident to me that I was previously unaware of that I thought were worth sharing: I can view my photos and stream music from my PC with my XBOX 360. And of course,…


Tim Sneath presenting at upcoming WinFX event

I’m very pleased to report that my most eminent colleague, Tim Sneath, will be presenting at our upcoming WinFX event on February 15th in Reading, Berkshire. In case you don’t know Tim, he’s not only a great speaker but also extremely knowledgeable on WinFX being one of the key players in the Redmond team so…


Are you a developer with a security story?

A slight aside from the normal topics… We’re looking for developers who have an experience with security that they would like to share with the world. What do we mean by “experience”? Some examples: Your code has been attacked by malware or a hacker and the steps you took to recover / prevent further attacks….

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Get Sparkle now!

We have just announced availability of the first CTP of Expression Interactive Designer (previously known as Sparkle). Get it here: http://www.microsoft.com/products/expression/en/interactive_designer/id_free_trial.aspx More on this later but it’s great news – EID is the product that will allow designers to produce WPF applications without having to code by hand.

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January CTP for WinFX – and new go-live licenses for WCF and WWF!

We have just released the WinFX Runtime Components January CTP. This includes a CTP for Orcas, the next release of Visual Studio. See below for a list of links. We are also announcing a go-live license for two pieces of WinFX, the Windows Communication Foundation and the Windows Workflow Foundation. This means that customers that…


Web 2.0 site roundup and Mix06

As “web 2.0” is grabbing so much of the news these days it’s worth taking a look at this roundup of sites that claim to be in the next generation of web apps. It’s good to see just how much is happening and it’s hard to imagine a future where this kind of web application…

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Trial versions of Visual Studio 2005 available in EMEA

If you’re in EMEA and have been looking for a way to get your hands on trial versions of Visual Studio 2005, there’s now a site where you can download or order a DVD/CD: http://www.microsoft.com/emea/msdn/visualstudio/enxu/getthetrials/ Products available are: Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite 180-Day DVD Trial (includes SQL Server 2005 and Team Foundation Server Beta…

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