Coding4Fun Holiday Gift Guide

One of the great things about our developer community is the sheer breadth of developers we have using Microsoft tools, from high-end enterprise developers building mission-critical applications using Visual Studio Team System to hobbyists, enthusiasts, students and novices using Visual Studio Express for their pet projects.   Just in time for the holidays, our Coding4Fun…

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A world of opportunities!

As we head into the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to reflect what we have accomplished this past year and my excitement moving forward.      Without a doubt, the release of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 was our biggest accomplishment this year.  The excitement generated by this product launch…

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What matters?

I was thinking about work and trying to think about what matters in that context.  At a high level, there are 3 things that come to the top of the list for me. I get an opportunity to make a difference (I have a positive impact) I get a chance to work on something that I…

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MSDN benefits for partners

I have received a number of questions from our partners regarding the new MSDN benefits provided by the Microsoft Partner Program.    As we worked with the Microsoft Partner Program to revise the benefits for Visual Studio 2005, our goal was to provide every partner with a comparable or better benefit than what you previously…

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Self-hosting of VSTS

In my recent customer visits, I have been asked by quite a few people about how we are self-hosting (aka “dogfooding” which is the internal moniker for taking a bet on our own technology and product even before we ask our customers to do so) on the latest and great lifecycle tools (Visual Studio Team…

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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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