Products disappearing from MSDN Subscriber downloads at end of December

In case you missed it, we are removing a number of products from MSDN Subscriber downloads late December in order to comply with our agreement with Sun Microsystems re the Microsoft Java Virtual Machine (MSJVM). I thought it worth highlighting this so that if you have an MSDN subscription, and you want to grab these…

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A richer web experience with WPF and XBAPs

If you already know what an XBAP is, jump to the samples (eg a clock, a blackjack game, etc) at the end of this post. If you don’t, then read on… Although an increasing number of people are aware of the Windows Presentation Foundation (a component of WinFX), the perception is that this is exclusively a client…

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What are the Expressions products and how do they fit with Visual Studio?

I’ve been asked this question a couple of times recently, so thought it worth trying to clarify. First, a little background – bear with me for a few paragraphs: Today, Microsoft has a pro developer tool called Visual Studio 2005 – so far, so good. This is aimed squarely at developers and enables Windows application…

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The Power of CSS

Playing around with WPF makes one thing clear: Applications are about to become a whole lot prettier. Which itself implies that the design – the look and feel – is likely to become increasingly important for every application in the same way that you expect web pages to be more that just standard buttons and…

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Finding UK-specific information for Microsoft developers

While us lot at Microsoft are pretty much aware of where to find things on the ms.com website, it’s all too easy to forget that not everyone is as close to (or obsessed with) this stuff as we are. So I thought it work posting a few links to useful areas of the UK MSDN…

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A new roadtrip audio CD for Vista and Office 12 developers?

We’re at the early planning stages for a new “roadtrip” audio CD (see this link for the current one). I’d appreciate any views on whether this will be useful. Our thinking at the moment is this: – We’ll cover Vista (well, WinFX really) and Office 12 from a developer point of view – So topics might…

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Visual Studio 2005 Express – Free product

In case you missed it: While there were plenty of announcements at the launch events about benchmarks, discounts, etc, the one that I was happiest to see was that the Express editions of Visual Studio 2005 will be free of charge to download (SQL Server 2005 Express was always going to be free, but VS2005…

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2,000 people help UK launch VS/SQL/BTS

It’s happened: The main customer launch event for the UK took place yesterday, Nov 8th. It was a fantastic day for us, with 1,500 technical people and 500 “decision makers” (CxO, IT Manager, etc), two keynotes, a host of developer and IT Pro sessions, hands-on labs, “ask the experts areas”, “chalk & talk session”, partner…

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Getting up to speed quickly on Visual Studio 2005

So you’ve downloaded the final version of Visual Studio 2005 from MSDN subscriber downloads (or got a free copy from attending a launch event). What’s the best way to get up to speed quickly? How about some short – 10 to 20 minute – videos that walk you through some of the new features? Produced…

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RoadToWinFX.com

It’s been a quiet blog month for me so far as we are hurtling towards launch and I’m getting dragged into millions of things. However I thought I’d highlight this site: http://www.roadtowinfx.com/. It’s a good resource for independent (ie non-Microsoft) views and information on WinFX, and UK community information. It has been set up by…

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