Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 RTM

It’s official.  We have released to manufacturing. I am personaly very excited about the Add-in addtions to the BCL, but you can also find over 250 new features in this release (e.g., LINQ).  Check out the new release here.


TechEd 2007 F.A.Q.

Hola! I just returned from TechEd 2007 held in Barcelona, Spain. Barcelona is a beautiful city with incredible new and old architecture. The people are very friendly and even I was able to navigate the clean public transportation systems.  Yes, I am one of those people that get lost easily and never stop to ask…


TechEd Developers conference

TechEd is shaping up to be a huge event in part due to the fact that we will not have a PDC this year.  Jesse and I will be doing a presentation on the Add-in model, and participating in a chalk talk among other things. If you have an opportunity to attend the conference please feel free to…


.Net 3.5 for ISV’s, Channel 9 video

We have modified the Soapbox video by moving the WPF on BCL Add-in model demo to the start of the video and we have posted this updated video to Channel 9.  The video will also be on the Channel 9 home page for a while. From James, “Several weeks back James Vastbinder was able to…


Is that Brad Pitt on

Check out and see if you recognize that handsome guy representing the Small Business Specialists 😉  The videos on the right hand side are pretty darn funny.  Pure Improve!  It was a pleasure working with these skilled actors in these skits.  Apparently my videos are coming soon, or on the cutting room floor L…


.Net framework source code released

Recently I was speaking to a group of ISV’s and Enterprise partners and as we spoke about the continued transparency of Microsoft, I vaguely mentioned more is coming.  Well, here it is.  ScottGu’s blog post goes into the details of opening up our framework source code to the developer community. Enjoy, JackG


What’s new in the .Net Framework 3.5 (Orcas)

Visual Studio (VS) 2008 and .Net 3.5, code named “Orcas”, will be released in the near future.  This release includes a number of new features and bug fixes.  The release includes new major features such as LINQ, Cider (The VS WPF designer), “Crossbow” (WPF and WinForms interoperability), and my personal favorite, the Managed Add-in Framework,…


Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 RTW

Today we announced the release of Silverlight 1.0.  Here is a link to a previous post on the product. Check out the Silverlight web site for more.  At the very least check out the Halo 3 trailer – Very cool!


Is he getting on his Soapbox again?

Last year, I did a webcast when I was attending an SI (Solution/System Integrator) Architect conference in Paris. Ah, Paris in the spring, love the Champs-Elysees and the Aviation club in particular. The webcast was done as part of an ISV webcast series. I blogged about this webcast previously but I received a number of…


Lights, Camera, Action!

Another Paris Hilton, Pam Anderson, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, or Political video? Nope, Sorry.  All business on this site.   I was recently interviewed by James Vastbinder, an ISV Platform Strategy Advisor for Microsoft. We discussed the needs of ISV’s and what’s new in the pending Orcas release (i.e., CLR v3.5 and Visual Studio 2008…