Driving our security push

I’ve been spending the past two weeks focusing on pulling together our security efforts for Whidbey. See Soma’s blog on security in our division.   We have scheduled a multi week period before our Beta2 when the whole division will be focusing on security, doing things like targeted code reviews, design threat modeling and testing…

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Rick James RIP while the Dev Div VBLs live on under the careful guidance of the true Release Manager….

Funk legend Rick James passed away at age 56 last week. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/5625044/ Please join me in a moment of silence to remember the Super Freak of Funk… Developer Division VBL (Virtual Build Lab). The concept of Virtual Build Labs is replicating the build process across several identical source code branches that are folks of the Main…

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Releasing the Bits

Since we started this blog I have spent some time updating my music collection. In fact, as I type this I am listening to the band “Shadow’s Fall”, really, really loud. There is nothing like some aggressive guitars to help stir the creative juices. Yea!   As you read in Jason’s intro of the team,…

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Mike’s Intro

Where to begin… I am one of the Program Managers working on the release of Whidbey.  I started at Microsoft just over 9 years ago and I have been working on the Developer Division Release team for just over 2 years now.  Prior to the DevDiv Release team I was working as a PM on…


What is “Shiproom”?

Many I’m sure have heard the “Warteam” meetings at Microsoft and probably about as many stories to go along with them.  Here in the Developer Division (DevDiv from here on out…shorter to type) we have a meeting called “Shiproom”, which holds a similar purpose to “Warteam” without the suggested lore behind the “Warteam” name.   …

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Chris Dias

Hi! I am the Group Program Manager for the Developer Division Release Team. I started at Microsoft a little more than 10 years ago doing product support (answering the phones) for Visual Basic 3.0, with a little 1.0, 2.0, and VBDOS thrown in for fun. I did Beta support for VB4 and moved over to…


Natalie’s back from leave

I just came back from a 5 month parental leave two weeks ago. I was terrified of the first week back; everyone told me it will be hard to all-of-the-sudden be away from my baby girl, but that it will get better later. It wasn’t as bad as I had prepared myself to, maybe because…

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Introducing the Developer Division Release Team

I suppose the first place to start in writing this blog is to begin with an introduction, including; who is part of the team, what is the “release“ team, and why they are so important for shipping software.   At the 30,000 foot view, the release team is responsible for driving and delivering the right product on…

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