Windows SDK, WinFX and Cider December CTP Released

We’ve released the December CTP (Community Technology Preview) of several interrelated technologies this morning. These include the Windows SDK (with WinFX) and and several “Orcas” technologies such as Cider (a Visual Designer for the Windows Presentation Foundation).  What’s especially exciting about this CTP is that it’s the first release the July ’05 PDC where we…


Windows SDK Team Releases First Part of the "Vista Developer Story"

Earlier this year, the Windows SDK team started working on the “Windows Vista Developer Story”. This massive 500+ page document provides real content to developers looking to get started writing Windows Vista applications using the new Windows SDK. We are pleased to announce that the first part of that document is being released. Entitled “Making…


Why so many examples in Visual Basic?

I’ve received a few queries lately as to why MSDN – and Microsoft as a whole – has become more focused on producing Visual Basic.NET examples and code snippets in our articles and presentations. The reason is two-fold. First, while I can’t publicly state the actual numbers, I can tell you that there are many…


WinFX November CTP Questions & Answers

It’s finally here! The WinFX November CTP (Community Technology Preview) is the latest version of the WinFX technologies and is now available for download/installation. Included in this version is the WinFX Runtime Components (RTC), Windows SDK and Visual Studio 2005 Extensions for WinFX. Here are the links to the bits (should be installed in this…


Free Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0 Training!

This past Friday, we announced that our Training/Learning division is offering *free* training on several courses related to the November 7 launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006. From what I’m being told this training is only free until November 17, 2005 so you need to take advantage rather quickly. Clinic…


Retrieving special folder locations the right way (and some history)

Raymond Chen has a great one page piece in this month’s TechNet magazine about why you should use the Shell API to retrieve special folder location information (such as the Fonts folder), why the Shell Folder registry key should not be used and how that key came to be in the first place: The Sad…


Video from Product Team on new products

In the latest installment of “Microsoft After Dark”, the product teams speak of the new innovations related to SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006:


Get Visual Studio 2005 today!!

While the official launch is still November 7, you can get Visual Studio 2005 today with an MSDN Subscription[1]. If you have an MSDN Subscription – if not, this is a great reason to get one! – you can obtain the final versions of the following products today: Visual Studio 2005 Standard Visual Studio 2005…


Microsoft PDC 2005 – A Microsoft Employee’s Perspective

Due to the increasing popularity of the TechEd and PDC conferences, most Microsoft employees do not have the opportunity to attend so that we can reserve the very limited space for customers. Therefore, I’m dedicating this blog entry to detailing my experience at the PDC 2005 for my fellow Microsofties who were not able to…


Notes from the PDC – Final Bits

I think one of the most interesting things I heard all week were the constant remarks along the lines of “Microsoft sure kept that secret. I had never heard of it!” This was said in reference to such technologies as Microsoft Workflow Foundation and Microsoft Expression. It’s good to know that as a company we…