Official Product Launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007

Recently I haven’t had much to blog about because of non-disclosure regarding the new Acropolis project.  But today is the official product launch of Windows Vista and Office 2007 to volume licensing customers.  Unheralded with this launch is the official product launch of Crossbow (which is included in Vista) to customers.  Check out the official press release…



These past two weeks I’ve been working on setting up the Mini-Lab for the Smart Client project I’m working on.  The Mini-Lab is a simple, lightweight service for running rolling (continuous integration) builds, nightly suites and to build nightly drops and up-to-date installer.  It requires only one machine (that sits in my office), and now that…


WPF Video

I’m not able to post my sample here in this blog.  But here is an awesome video that shows what WPF can do:


WPF Crossbow Sample

I’ve just finished creating a WPF sample application that uses Crossbow to host a DataGridView, connected to a Northwind database.  It’s a simple demo with flashy effects, courtesy of Sparkle, and I hope it shows what Crossbow offers for interoperability between WPF and WinForms.  I’ll need to check on how to upload it here.



While doing the Vista Test Pass, I noticed a lot of timing and synchronization issues in the tests, and they have a lot to do with Application.DoEvents, which allows your application to handle other events that might be raised while your code runs.  It processes all messages in the queue until it has run out of…



It’s been a fast week, working on the Vista Test Pass.  I was browsing through today’s blogs when I saw an entry by my recruiter, Julia Colvin, that talked about moving between positions at Microsoft, more specifically between the three disciplines of PM, SDE and SDET.  Not too long ago, I thought PM having the…


Microsoft Annual Company Meeting

Yesterday was my first Microsoft Annual Company Meeting, and it just blew my mind.  It was unlike any other meeting I’ve been to, and was more like a huge concert, held in the 47,000-seat Safeco Field (considered by many to be the best baseball park in the world) in Seattle.  It was an incredible experience, to…


Windows Vista RC1 is available for your download

The title says it all.  Download it here: Please note that you need a product key to install it, which is currently available to Customer Preview Program (CPP) participants only.  If you are not registered but would like to receive Windows Vista RC1, the CPP will open to new participants in the coming weeks. …


IronPython 1.0 has been released

IronPython 1.0 has been released yesterday!  I fondly remember using Python when I was in college and asking my professor why it wasn’t taught in any of the courses.  It’s a powerful, interpreted, interactive, object-oriented, extensible programming language with a very clear syntax, and does all the things you can do with Perl or TCL, only better. …