The .NET Show: OUR 50th EPISODE!

That’s right, the .NET Show has been “on the air” now for over 5 years, and we’ve just published our 50th Episode! Sure, if we were doing weekly shows we would have hit this milestone a long time ago, but that’s not the point :->

The .NET Show: The Future of the Platform

For such a special show, we figured that we should also have a slightly special topic, and special guests as well. Instead of talking about specific and actual technologies, I figured that you might want to try to get a little inside view of how we think about the “platform” here at Microsoft, specifically to hear about this from some of the people who are going to be responsible for breathing life into the platform as time goes on.

In the first segment, I have a bit of a round-table discussion with Brad Abrams, Michael Wallent, Steve Millet, and John Shewchuk regarding what they think the issues are that face us, and developers in general, in architecting the Windows platform moving forward. No, you won’t hear any “spoilers” here, but you will hopefully get an understanding of how we are trying to solve various problems, as well as provide opportunities for new types of applications and solutions in future versions of Windows and the .NET Framework.

In the second segment, I talk one-on-one with Rick Rashid. He is a Senior Vice President here at Microsoft, and is in charge of Microsoft Research. They always seem to have a pretty fun and exciting job, experimenting with a wide variety of new technologies, techniques, hardware, as well as trying to breath a little life into just barely fleshed out concepts. Rick shares with us some details about various things that keep him busy, and what might someday make its way into some of the applications we use ever day.

And lastly, as a special treat, Erica Wiechers has a personal conversation with Bill Gates, hopefully providing you with some great insights as to who he is, and what he enjoys doing for fun. Did you know he’s a big bridge fan (that’s bridge the card-game, not bridge the commuting challenge).

We also had a little extra fun with this episode, not only filming in front of a live studio audience, but we also added a little extra footage around the show just to keep things interesting. So check out this episode, and let us know what you think by dropping us a note in the “comments” section of this post.

-Robert Hess

Comments (13)

  1. The .NET Show just turned 50–50 episodes old that is.  Special guest for Episode 50–Billg. …

  2. Kyle says:

    Haven’t watched the show yet I’m still waiting for it to download (going to take me about 23 hours on my dialup connection). I noticed for this episode the 100k downloadable version of the show was dropped! I hope thats not going to continue. A friend of mine checked out the mobile version and said it was missing the code for the enter the programmer section. So to get the full thing it looks like I’ve got to get the 300k version. 23 hours isnt too aweful but I’m usually only on from like 5-11 so that means it’ll take me a good number of days to download it. As where the 100k versions usually took me two nights; including watching it on the 2nd.

    Have a heart, there are still some areas without broadband yet :-/

    I’ve loved all your previous shows and am sure this one will be good too 🙂


  3. Congrats to the .NET Show team! This has been an amazing journey loaded with information.

  4. David Maydew says:

    Nice one guy’s!!

    I’ve just downloaded and watched the latest episode, and have also over the last couple of weeks, downloaded all 49 Episodes, via a 4mbit broadband connection, but Where’s episode one?

    Anyway, I’ve watched all episodes since I started studying VB6 and now I’m currently getting into VB.NET 2003, so thanks for shows, and here’s to another 50+ shows…

    All the best..

    Dave – Walsall, U.K.

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  6. It was a pleasure seeing Bill Gates answer questions. I would love to hear him talk more about C#.

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