MVPs around the world are coming together today for the official launch of Visual Studio 2015, a product to which many of them contributed their ideas and feedback. You can join them now by going to the Visual Studio 2015 Final Release Event! The action starts at 8:30am PDT.
Many MVPs have closely watched the progress of Visual Studio 2015 for some time. Last year, the MVP community began providing their expert perspectives to Microsoft product teams. And at last year’s MVP Global Summit in November, it was an important topic covered in private sessions with the community.
At the Summit, S. Somasegar, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s Developer Division, noted the value MVPs provide to the development and adoption of Microsoft technologies, explaining, “I see immense value in our MVP community. These are our best and most passionate customers, those who take it upon themselves to learn about everything we’re doing, to provide invaluable feedback, and to then help the rest of the world discover and make the most of our technologies. I view our MVPs as ambassadors to the technologies and work that we do at Microsoft. MVPs end up being a trusted connection for the engineering teams, helping both to guide the direction of our products and to help other customers successfully utilize Microsoft platforms and tools. I personally take any opportunity I get to spend time with MVPs around the world and to hear what they have to say: I find their perceptions of what we’re doing, how we’re doing it, and how we stack against the competition to be quite illuminating and insightful. In my experience, MVPs are both vocal and honest in their feedback to us – both where we are doing well, and more importantly where we should be doing better. That is super valuable.”
You can learn about the new features of Visual Studio 2015 at Connect(“on-demand”) on Microsoft’s Channel 9.
And you can download Visual Studio 2015 here.