Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Complete!

Today, the Windows and Windows Server teams announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have been released to manufacturing.  In keeping with our goal of delivering great tools on the same cadence as our platforms, I’m thrilled to announce that we have completed final builds of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5. This has…

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Visual Studio 11 ALM Advances

Happy new year. Over the last several months since //BUILD/, I’ve published multiple blog posts outlining advancements made in Visual Studio 11, from languages to the .NET Framework to IDE productivity to platform-specific tooling.  I’m concluding this five-post series with a look at some of the work that’s gone into making Visual Studio 11 a…

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Roslyn CTP Now Available

In my last few blog posts, I’ve highlighted significant advancements our teams have made as part of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview released at //BUILD/, and I’ll continue that series in future posts.  Today, however, I want to highlight some innovative work our teams have been doing that is even more forward looking. I’m…

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Happy 1st Birthday, Visual Studio 2010!

Today marks the one year birthday of Visual Studio 2010! It seems not long ago that we had the world-wide launch celebrating the largest developer tool release from Microsoft in many years.  I spoke then about the ability to target platforms like Windows 7, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7, about features and updates that…

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Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 available today!

Last week at TechEd Middle East in Dubai, I announced that LightSwitch beta 2 would be available in the coming weeks.   I’m happy to report that today, we have made LightSwitch beta 2 available to MSDN subscribers.  If you’re not an MSDN subscriber, the download will be publicly available on Thursday, March 17 here. I’ve…

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Visual Studio 2010 momentum

Since we launched Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 on April 12th of this year, it has been exciting to see the extremely positive response to the product.  Within six months of the launch date, Visual Studio 2010 usage surpassed all other previous versions of Visual Studio based on usage data collected from customers who…

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Imagine Cup "Solve This"

I have been a part of the Imagine Cup since 2003 and every year, am delighted and surprised at how it gets better and better.  This world-wide competition brings together students from all over the world and showcases young developers, designers and IT pros who are using technology as a vehicle for creating change.  The…

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BizSpark Graduation Offer for Startups

In November 2008, we launched Microsoft BizSpark, a three-year program that helps world-wide early-stage startups succeed by providing them the technical resources they need to build successful businesses. After two years, BizSpark has enrolled over 35,000 startups and 2,000 Network Partners, and the response to the program has been extremely positive.  These startups are often…

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Announcing Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools

Today, we are announcing the availability of Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools. Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools enable you to design and test your Windows Phone 7 applications in Visual Studio. These free tools provide everything you need to build rich applications with Silverlight and XNA and deploy them to the Windows Phone Marketplace. The…

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Script Junkie

Earlier this year in February, I blogged about key software development trends.  The second trend, The Web as a Platform, continues to grow at an astounding rate.  Browser-based applications such as MugTug show the increasing flexibility and power of web technologies.  New and experienced developers alike are anxious to learn everything they can about how…

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