New Team, New Challenges

Last week we officially launched VS2012 and the .NET Framework 4.5.  I’ve spent the last couple of weeks in launch activities in London, Seattle, Atlanta, and New York, sharing details on the new versions and doing whatever I can to help people get going on the new release.  I can honestly say this is the…


Tune in to the Visual Studio 2012 Launch

This morning we kicked off the VS 2012 launch with an event in Seattle. You can tune in to the online coverage at for live interviews and session recordings. In this blog post, I’ll share some of the info I presented at today’s event. Modern Applications It’s a really cool time to be a…


Visual Studio 2012 and .NET Framework 4.5 released to the web!

I’m thrilled to announce that this morning we released Visual Studio 2012, Team Foundation Server 2012, and .NET Framework 4.5 to the web. It’s time to start your engines, and begin downloading today! MSDN Subscribers can download immediately at the MSDN Subscriber Download Page, and volume licensing customers will be able to download starting tomorrow…


Final Build for VS 2012 – Availability and Launch Dates Ahead

The final build of Visual Studio 2012 is now complete! The engineering team is finished and is now preparing the build for our numerous distribution channels. I’d also like to congratulate the Windows 8 team for completing their important release to manufacturing today. You can read more from the Windows team on the  Building Windows…


My Favorite Features: Entity Framework Code First and ASP.NET Web API

It’s an exciting time for Entity Framework! Last Thursday, the team announced an open source release, which is now available on the Entity Framework CodePlex Site. I’ve been using Entity Framework quite a bit in my personal development, and thought I’d use this opportunity to continue my “Favorite Features” series with a post on EF….


Introducing “Napa” – Office 365 Development Tools

Yesterday was a very exciting day for Office and SharePoint! The team unveiled plans for the new Office at a press conference, and released a public preview of Office and SharePoint 2013. You can find the press release available on the Microsoft News Center, and watch the video webcast by CEO Steve Ballmer on-demand ….


Live from TechEd Europe: LightSwitch HTML Client Preview and Visual Studio 2012 Tools for SharePoint

This morning I presented the keynote at TechEd Europe 2012 in Amsterdam, and shared some updates on our tools. If you’re not attending the event in person, you can still tune in online. The keynote video recording is available on-demand on Channel9. The first announcement you’re likely to hear about is our LightSwitch HTML Client…


What you need to know about developing for Windows on ARM (WOA)

You’ve probably heard about the new Windows on ARM PCs that will be coming to market with Windows 8. If you’ve been following the TechEd North America coverage, then you’ve also seen these devices in the keynote. In this post, we’re going to cover what this all means for developers. For an introduction to Windows…


TechEd North America 2012 Keynote News

We’re here in Orlando this week at TechEd North America 2012, with thousands of developers and IT professionals. If you’re not attending the event in person, you can still tune into the live stream at This morning I presented in the Day One keynote. In this blog post, I’ll walk through some of the…


Gartner Recognizes Microsoft as an ALM Leader

Gartner recently issued its 2012 Magic Quadrant report for Application Lifecycle Management (ALM). Gartner, one of the world’s top IT research and advising companies, positioned Microsoft in the Leaders Quadrant in the ALM space. You can read more about the Magic Quadrant methodology here. This graphic was published by Gartner, Inc. as part of a…