Reminiscing 2008…

With the year almost coming to an end, I was looking back at some of the remarkable events this past year.  One of the fondest memories I have of this year, although with mixed feelings, is Bill Gate’s keynote and luncheon at TechEd.  This keynote marked Bill’s last public speech before he made the switch…

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Code Focused Development in VS 2010

In a blog post in November, I mentioned a feature called “Quick Search” – one of the code focused features of Visual Studio 2010.  We have been lagging behind some in this area in the past and we wanted to focus on this as a key pillar for Visual Studio 2010.  Today, I’d like to…

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Lab Management in VSTS 2010

One of the components of Visual Studio Team System 2010 is Lab Management. We first talked about this at the most recent PDC and we have seen quite a bit of excitement from our customers on this. It is obvious that developers and testers are faced with ever-increasing complexity in the applications they build and…

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C++ enhancements in VS 2010

As part of my series of blog posts talking about VS 2010 and .NET FX 4, I want to focus on the work we are doing for the native developer as part of Visual C++.   In an earlier post, I mentioned how the Visual C++ team is investing heavily in enabling developers with large…

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.NET FX 4

As a part of the conversation on the VS2010 and .NET FX 4 pillars, I thought I would focus today on the .NET platform.   With .NET FX 4, we are focusing on empowering innovative user experiences in applications, allowing for re-invigorating large ISV applications, enabling developers to create connected and declarative applications, and enabling…

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Visual Studio 2010 – Code focused development and Lab Management

I have talked in the past few weeks about the various pillars and features of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Fx 4.     Today, I want to drill into one of the pillars a little bit more.  We want to make sure that Visual Studio is your favorite application to use – as part of…

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BizSpark – Software for startups

Startups have dramatically changed the industry over the past 30 years.  Microsoft was a startup 33 years ago – started off with a vision, some ideas and a couple of great people and has grown to the company it is today.    One challenge that these fledgling companies face is the resources to translate their…

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Application Architecture Guide 2.0

I have blogged over time about various guidance material that we have released out of our Patterns and Practices team for customers.  It is something that our customers ask us for and I like how it draws upon Microsoft’s internal experience in application architecture and also consolidates the contributions of external experts, customers, and others…

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Announcements from PDC 2008

PDC 2008 is incredibly exciting this year for the development community.    If you are not attending the PDC, I encourage you to go check out the keynotes and sessions that are being made publicly available to watch online.   Ray Ozzie’s keynote is one I would especially recommend.  Today he announced the Windows Azure…

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Inspiring through Innovation – DevLabs

I have blogged in the past on my views around innovation, and the effort that needs to go into such efforts.  Some innovations take a very long time to get just right before we know that they will truly cause a shift in software development.   Today we are launching DevLabs – a site dedicated…

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