One year into the journey!

It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun.  The journey is more important than the destination and it has been a great journey so far.  This month marked my first anniversary in the Developer Division at Microsoft.  I want to take this opportunity to share my thoughts about our accomplishments during this…

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“Bug of the Week” award

Since the launch of the MSDN Product Feedback Center, we have been getting a steady stream of your (customer) feedback on bugs that you encounter, suggestions for product improvements, features that you deeply care about, etc.  Each and every piece of feedback submitted to us via this mechanism is very valuable and gets read by…

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VS2005 November CTP (Standard Edition) now available!

The Visual Studio 2005 November CTP (Community Technology Preview) drop is now available on MSDN.  This is actually the FIRST CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition (which I announced at VSLive! In Orlando back in September to round out the family of VS2005 products.  This contains support for all of the languages that…

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Avalon CTP

Last week, MSDN subscribers were offered the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of “Avalon” (our unified presentation subsystem). As many of you know by now, Avalon is going to be available not only for Longhorn (the next major release of Windows) but is also being made available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Over the last…

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Zero Bug Bounce

I am excited to announce that as of 6pm, Nov 19, the Developer Division hit the ‘Zero Bug Bounce’ (ZBB) milestone for Beta2 of Visual Studio 2005.  This is one of the key milestones on the way to a major product milestone like a Beta or the final release of a product where we have…

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VB Refactoring

A few weeks ago, I wrote about Edit and Continue support for C# in Visual Studio 2005, in response to overwhelming customer feedback.  Thanks for your wonderful words of support and great feedback.   We’ve also had tremendous feedback on the MSDN Product Feedback center among the VB community asking for Refactoring support.  (If you’re…

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The powerful new C++/CLI syntax

What happens when you marry the most widely used cross-platform language on the planet with an ISO-standardized language-neutral runtime environment?  You get C++/CLI – the powerful new syntax for building . NET Framework masterpieces in C++. If you haven’t seen it already, this article provides a good insight into the feature.  The .NET Framework supports many…

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Transparency – key to effective product development

I am a big believer in making our product development process very transparent with my customer community.  The ongoing two-way dialog and feedback is an absolutely critical part of ensuring that we together build the right product for our customers.  Earlier this year, we took a first big step in that direction with the release…

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VSTS and ‘Software Factories’

This week at OOPSLA 2004, we announced a framework and set of tools for delivering domain-specific visual designers that plug into Visual Studio Team System. In the press release that accompanied the announcement, I mentioned that customers are asking for a faster, cheaper and more reliable way to build applications tuned to their business in…

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What do you want us to blog about?

The Developer Division at Microsoft consists some of the smartest people I have known.  It has been about 10 months since I joined this division and I am having a blast so far.  A lot of the leaders in this division have decades of experience building development tools and development platform technologies.   This week,…

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