From product planner to program manager

This week I took on a newly created position at Microsoft, as community program manager on the Visual Studio Ecosystem team focusing on developer community for VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility). The VSX community includes developers who build add-ins (tools, editors, designers, languages, and more) for Visual Studio using the VS SDK found at the VSX…

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Spring of Windows Live sites, services, and products

feedback.live.com has an updated list of Windows Live services for feedback (31 listed as of today, with some beta sites removed previously listed): Feedback Services Live Maps Live QnA Live Search Live.com Windows Live Account Windows Live Alerts Windows Live Call Windows Live Call for Free Windows Live Custom Domains Windows Live Dev Windows Live…

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Summer of Windows Live sites, services, and products

There are some cool new Windows Live web sites and services rolling out lately, including my favorite new one gallery.live.com. The new Windows Live Gallery is a great resources for users of Windows Live services, and also has a story for developers contribute to Windows Live Gallery, for developers and business who want to submit…

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Creating mashups using the Virtual Earth Interactive SDK

One of the cool things we are doing with the Windows Live Dev site at dev.live.com is hosting mashups on the site itself for samples, documentation, etc. The Virtual Earth team recently released a new Virtual Earth Interactive SDK mashup at dev.live.com/virtualearth/sdk recently announced on the the Virtual Earth developer blog. The Virtual Earth team…

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Windows Live Dev launched in beta mode at dev.live.com

The Windows Live Dev site has launched today in beta mode at http://dev.live.com. The Windows Live Dev site will be an dynamic and evolving web site as both a home for developers building on the Windows Live Platform as well as hosting mashups that uses technologies and services we provide. We will still have the…

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My first LiveSide.net podcast interview

I was recently inteviewed in a LiveSide.net podcast by Chris Overd and Harrison Hoffman when they were visiting the Microsoft main campus in Redmond along with others from the LiveSide.net team. Refer to Interview with Ken Levy, Product Planner for the Windows Live Platform. Last week we sat down with Ken Levy, Product Planner for…

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Talking about the Windows Live Platform at VSLive in Orlando

I’m currently in Orlando, Florida speaking later this morning at the VSLive conference on the Windows Live Platform for developers in back to back sessions titled Modern Web Development from Mashups to IM-Based Bots. The updated abstract for the dual session is below:  This session will go into details with demos on what the Windows Live…

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How Windows Live relates to MSN

Recently, Mary Jo Foley of Microsoft-Watch.com interviewed Blake Irving, Microsoft Vice President, Windows Live Platform Group. The transcript is at Windows Live: The 50,000-Foot View and contains the excerpt below: Microsoft Watch (MSW): When I define Windows Live (in ten words or less), I call it Microsoft’s services extensions to Windows. Do you have a…

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Windows Live Messenger Add-ins beta feature for developers

Windows Live Messenger beta is now available for anyone to download and install, a public beta rather than a private beta. In our continued effort to empower developers interested creating components for customizing Windows Live Messenger 8.0 via the extensibility model, we have set up functionality in Windows Live Messenger try out and test the…

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Plans for improving live.com and lessons learned

Rick Strahl blogged yesterday Live.com – I don’t get it with good observations about performance and usability of live.com, as well as asking about what the goals are for the site itself. I read the blog post today and then forwarded it to people working on the live.com site (which is still in beta) suggesting…

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