Multi-targeting of .NET FX in Visual Studio

I have been asked by a number of people as to why Visual Studio 2005 targets only one version of the .NET Framework, specifically in this case, .NET FX 2.0.     John Rivard, in the Visual Studio team, recently wrote a good blog that explains this in detail.  To be clear, we do want…

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‘Avalanche’ of information/bits

The frequent Community Technology Previews (CTPs), Betas and other kinds of information across the different products often end up causing a virtual ‘avalanche’ of information flow for our customers.  These information ‘avalanches’ pose problems related to congested servers, network traffic and download speeds.   To address these issues, Microsoft Research (MSR) is working on innovative…

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MSDN Forums

Have you checked out the MSDN Forums lately?   Customers continually tell me the most important community feature is being able to find quick, accurate answers to technical questions – using online communities as a way to stay connected and leverage information.  The MSDN Forums have already been a huge success for early adopters of…

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What do I look for in Microsoft hires?

I have often been asked by professionals and students – “What do you look for when you interview a candidate for a job at Microsoft?”  There is abundant information on the internet regarding Microsoft interview questions. Regardless of the questions, the foremost attribute I look for is — passion – passion to solve hard problems,…

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MSDN Search

If you have ever used MSDN, you would agree when I say that the #1 request, by a huge margin, from our customers is improved search.   The MSDN team at Microsoft has been working on improving search.  Recently, the team launched a new MSDN Search Beta, integrating more relevant search from Microsoft and the…

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Chat w/Ken Levy on VB.Net

Ken Levy recently came and chatted with me about VB.NET in Visual Studio 2005 for a channel 9 posting.  Ken, as you probably know, has been a long term fan, advocate, customer, product planner and a team member of the Visual Fox Pro team in the Developer Division.  He has been a community leader in…

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What’s next for us?

Now that the launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 is over – or should I say the worldwide series of launch events has just begun, because we literally are covering over 240 cities spanning 90 countries touching hundreds of thousands of customers and partners over the next couple of…

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The journey

Without going into any details, I can tell you that this whole week has been quite an interesting, learning and humbling experience for me.  Thankfully, it has nothing to do with Visual Studio 2005 or .NET Framework 2.0, but nonetheless work related.  I always tell myself and others that “The journey is the most important…

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Beginner’s luck

A few days ago, I had the opportunity to join my colleagues – Ted Kummert, Paul Flessner, Andy Lees, Steven Guggenheimer and Ilya Bukshteyn for a friendly game of Blackjack on ‘Microsoft After Dark: The Launch Show’.  In addition, we also had Kate Gregory (Gregory Consulting Company) join us.   To make it somewhat fun…

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