Visual C++ Futures

  I have got a number of emails and comments from some of you recently wanting to know more about the future of Visual C++.  The Visual C++ team has been looking at what they should in VC++ to ensure that the direction of the product aligns closely with customer needs and market realities.  The…

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.NET Framework 3.0

When speaking to developers about WinFX one question that repeatedly comes up is, “WinFX sounds great, but what happens to .NET?” .NET Framework has becomes the most successful developer platform in the world.  Developers know and love .NET. The .NET Framework has always been at the core of WinFX, but the WinFX brand didn’t convey…

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Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista

Today, I’m pleased to announce the availability of the beta of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. Based on your feedback, Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer reports, MSDN Product Feedback Center and internal testing.  I know that this Service Pack is a little late…

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Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 shipped!

I am thrilled to announce that earlier today we shipped Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5.   Over the past few months, I have blogged about some incredible features that the team working on Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 have built.  I wanted to share these with you so that you can…

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Visual Studio 2013 available for download

I’m excited to announce that the final releases of Visual Studio 2013, .NET 4.5.1, and Team Foundation Server 2013 are now available for download!  MSDN subscribers can download from the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page. Visual Studio 2013 is the best tool for developers and teams to build and deliver modern, connected applications on all of…

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Announcing: C# Edit and Continue support for Visual Studio 2005

A few weeks ago, I updated my blog by writing about Microsoft’s commitment to VB.Net.  This posting generated a healthy discussion between C# & VB developers with both camps championing their favorite features.  A nice feature for our VB customers in Visual Studio 2005 (and also Visual C++) is ‘Edit & Continue’ (E&C).  For those…

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 Now Available

We finished the RTM release of Visual Studio 2012 in August 2012 and launched it in September.  At that time, we committed to releasing new value into Visual Studio via a regular cadence of Visual Studio Updates, and in November 2012 we released our first, Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (VS2012.1), which contained not only…

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Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 Beta 1 ships!

Today, we are releasing Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4.  If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download the Beta today from here.  For the rest of the world, the Beta will be publicly available on Wednesday.   Over the last many months I had blogged about a lot of new…

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New Offers for Visual Studio 2010

Last October, we announced a new packaging lineup and licensing options for Visual Studio 2010 to provide customers with simplified ways to purchase and license Visual Studio.  The new lineup includes three main versions of Visual Studio with appropriate MSDN subscriptions to go with Ultimate, Premium and Professional.   Many of you have asked what…

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Listening to your feedback – Expression and MSDN

When we announced Expression Studio last December, we saw great excitement from both the design and development community – excitement that is clearly reflected in the hundreds of thousands of CTP and trial downloads we’ve already seen.  Following the announcement we received a lot of questions about why we did not include some of these products,…

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