Next PDC – October 2007

Recently, we decided to do our next PDC in October of 2007.  PDC focuses on the strategic vision for the Microsoft platform over the course of the next couple of years or so, and we emphasize technology capabilities and architecture more than training at this premier conference.  We want PDC attendees to go home understanding…

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VS 2005 SP1 is released!

We released Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 earlier today.     This Service Pack addresses a range of issues that were found through customer and partner feedback as well as our own internal testing.  Many of these issues were reported by you and I thank you for taking the time to report them to…

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Direct download available for popular Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes

One of the pieces of feedback that I have consistently heard from a lot of you is to make it easy for you to find, and more importantly have access to the latest Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes.  In the past, you had to contact Microsoft Developer Support directly, and it can get sometimes painful to…

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RC of MSDNWiki available

Today, we announced the broad customer availability of the Community Content feature for the Visual Studio 2005 documentation and the .NET 3.0 Class Library on MSDN Online.   The Community Content feature allows our community of developers worldwide to extend the official online documentation by adding tips, notes, code examples, and other information alongside the over…

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A key milestone on the "user experience" journey

Over the past year you have heard me talk about the importance of user experience as a central part of software creation.  Increasingly customers and businesses are looking at differentiated, rich user experiences as a key success factor.      Our goal is to unite the various roles that are part of the software development…

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What I learn from a hot air balloon story?

As you can imagine, part of my job is to ensure that we have the right balance of technology and business leadership principles in my division as we drive technology innovation and move the business forward.  I came across this story the other day that really pointed out the differences between the two disciplines in…

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Virtual Earth 3D

Last week’s launch of Virtual Earth 3D now makes Microsoft’s new online mapping platform available to Web developers as well as Live Local Search customers. Virtual Earth 3D provides developers with an immersive 3D application environment to implement searching, browsing and organizing local information.   Web developers can now implement Virtual Earth 3D applications by…

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This week’s excitement continues…

  In addition to the products that we released earlier this week (see my previous blog), there are also a couple of other things we made available that are exciting to developers.  We announced these in Las Vegas (VSConnections) and Barcelona (TechEd Developer event at Europe):   ·          Visual Studio 2005 extensions for the .NET…

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What a week!

I am on the road this week traveling outside of the United States.  This has given me an opportunity to sort of step back and look at some of what has happened this week.   Between Windows Vista, Office 2007, .NET FX 3.0, Visual Studio Tools for Office Second Edition – we released to manufacturing…

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Tools to help developers build solutions for Office 2007

Over the last decade or even longer, Microsoft Office has provided the types of rich, robust software applications that information workers needed to do their jobs.  Microsoft Office began by providing tools that enabled users to create and manage their documents, spreadsheets and databases, and has since continued to evolve to meet the increasing needs…

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