The “All New” MSDN Flash Is Here

We finally launched an all new MSDN Flash newsletter in the UK today. This is the culmination of a lot of work taking a long hard look at the existing MSDN Flash newsletter and trying to identify all the things we can do to make it more interesting and relevant to developers. We heard your feedback loud and clear that there was not enough UK-specific content and that the newsletter was often just a scattered collection of links to different parts of the website. From now on, each newsletter will begin with a feature article on existing or new technologies, written by myself or one of my colleagues; the remainder of the newsletter will contain links to what we think are the most relevant developer webcasts, events and whitepapers. In short, we want the newsletter to be the one mail from Microsoft that you stop what you're doing to read!

For those of you who aren't yet on the subscriber list or have the misfortune to live outside the UK (!), I've cached a copy of this week's MSDN Flash - if you want to keep receiving it, you can subscribe here. So - what do you think? If you don't subscribe today, why not? Is it the content or just that you don't like receiving this kind of thing via mail? What would it take to get you to resubscribe if you've previously unsubscribed? If you do subscribe already, how can we make it better?

Comments (6)

  1. Nice, well apart from the photo 🙂

  2. cathal says:


    i don’t think the dotnetmagic controls are freeware anymore. He started to sell them a few months ago.

    The divil one’s are excellent, especially the sandbar.


  3. Hmm, not sure that I’ll subscribe. I already have plenty to read thanks to a couple of hundred RSS feeds, and it’s going to be hard for the newsletter to provide good content that isn’t available elsewhere.

    Show me otherwise though… 🙂

  4. Tim Sneath says:

    Cathal, you’re right. Bother! Thanks for drawing this to my attention.

  5. Ian Ringrose says:

    I live in the UK, as I already get lots of information from Microsoft USA, including the “what new” blob for MSDN, I do not want be told the same information again.

    I think a Microsoft UK news letter should only have items that I do not get from Microsoft USA, e.g local events, what people in the UK are using .NET for, pointers to jobs with .NET in the UK and the context phone numbers for Microsoft UK.

    ringi at bigfoot dot com

  6. bob says:

    I tried to register, but you have a requirement to use passport. There are a number of problems with this.

    a) I intend to use a unique email address – I assume entering this unique address after I have logged in with one of my existing passport accounts will not affect the main email address on the passport account, but the process does not make this explicitly clear, and I have no reason to trust it.

    b) As a rule, I would create a new passport account for this anyway, and I don’t think it justifies the registration process.

    c) Why is the process over-engineered with this requirement in the first place? All you need is the email address I want it sent to.

    Presumably you would argue allowing the use of passport is a benefit to me, allowing me control of registrations etc – if this is the argument, then allow me the option to use passport – don’t force it.

    Maybe you see your target as ms partners etc who don’t have qualms about passport etc, but it comes back to the "don’t make me think" type arguments – if you want maximum reach, don’t make people work for it.

    Not all pro-ms partner employees necessarily already have passport accounts, nor have time/inclination to register.

    I give you an email, you send me a newsletter, everyone’s happy. Except the passport evangelist, obviously.

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