Servicing plans for VS 2003 and VS 2005

Today has been a big day, with the official launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. We’ve seen some questions today in blogs and forums about our servicing plans for VS 2003 and VS 2005, and I thought it would be a good idea to communicate them here.  We use “hot…


VS 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Ship Party

The day we shipped VS 2005 and .NET, we had a big party for the whole product development team.  I’ve posted some pictures of a handful of C# team members, including me as Clippy and Anders Hejlsberg as Austin Powers.  Enjoy! –Scott


Updated LINQ bits for VS 2005 RTM

We’re all very excited about shipping VS 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0!  Woohoo! Our earlier LINQ Tech Preview release worked as an add-on to VS 2005 Beta 2, and we are happy to have an updated LINQ release that works with the final VS 2005 bits.  See the LINQ page or Visual C# Futures page…


Cédric Beust on C# and Java language directions

Cédric Beust of the Java community has a post today comparing Microsoft and Sun approaches and language directions: Sun starts thinking about the Next Java. Microsoft delivers it. –Scott


O’Reilly interveiw with Anders Hejlsberg

O’Reilly’s has an interview with Anders Hejlsberg by John Osborn: C#: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: An Interview with Anders Hejlsberg, Part 1.  It’s a good read. –Scott

Meeting with student developers in Slovakia

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I spent this week in England and Slovakia doing some training and meeting customers.  I spent some time with Miroslav Kubovcik, a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft Slovakia, getting to know him and what he does. We visited some enthusiastic students at Slovak Technical University.  I’m pictured here with…


My Cross-Pond week

I spent last week doing some training and customer visits in London, England and Bratislava, Slovakia.  At a high level, Microsoft consists of two parts: A product development organization, centered mainly in Redmond, organized around products. A sales, marketing and service organization, distributed in subsidiaries world-wide, organized by region. It is crucial to our overall success…


Larry O’Brien and SD Times coverage of LINQ

Larry O’Brien has an SD Times opinion piece and several blog posts on LINQ: Select * From IQF: “Microsoft’s Integrated Query Framework (IQF) and Language Integrated Query (LIQ)—code-named Project Clarity—are the most important low-level innovations in mainstream programming languages in a decade. Not since Java showed that memory management and machine abstraction could be combined with…


eWeek article on Microsoft’s commitment to developers

Darryl Taft of eWeek has a long article today that talks about Microsoft’s commitment to developers, and the role developers have played in making the platform successful.  Microsoft Celebrates 30th Year as Developer’s Company: “Microsoft last month celebrated its 30th anniversary as the company built of, by and for developers.” –Scott


MVP Summit

The MVP Summit is wrapping up today.  Unfortunately, I can’t attend today’s events (my wife is in Santa Fe, so I’m on kid duty for the whole weekend), but I do have a few minutes to blog about it. Microsoft MVP’s, who are spread throughout the world, are an extension of our product team.  The…