TechEd 2011: Visual Studio vNext Sneak Preview

In case you missed it, last week at TechEd 2011 in Atlanta, GA, I gave conference attendees a first look at some of the new IDE features and performance improvements we’re working on for the next version of Visual Studio.  Channel9 has posted the session (along with all the other TechEd sessions) so everyone else… Read more

New Channel 9 Series: Visual Studio Toolbox

The debut episode of the Visual Studio Toolbox, a new Channel 9 series focused on Visual Studio tips and tricks, is now live!  In the first episode, Robert Green walks through the features of the Solution Navigator tool window included in the Productivity Power Tools, showing you how to efficiently navigate your code.  Check it… Read more

Using PerfWatson to report performance issues to Microsoft

By Selma Ikiz Would you like Visual Studio 2010 to be even faster? Would you like any performance issue you see to be  reported automatically without any hassle? Well now you can, with the new Visual Studio PerfWatson extension! Install this extension and help us deliver a faster Visual Studio experience. We’re constantly working to… Read more

Async CTP (SP1 Refresh)

By Robin Reynolds-Haertle This morning, we released an updated version of the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh) that’s compatible with Visual Studio 2010 SP1 and Windows Phone 7! What Is the Visual Studio Async CTP (SP1 Refresh)? The Async CTP previews a language feature that is in the next version of Visual Basic and… Read more

List of patches for Visual Studio 2010

“Where can I find a list of patches/QFEs/hotfixes for Visual Studio?”  This question appears quite frequently in blog comments and it wasn’t until recently that I found a web page that lists all the publically released patches for Visual Studio. http://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/Downloads The majority of the patches fixed before December should be in Visual Studio 2010… Read more

F# Code-First Development with Entity Framework 4.1

By Jack Hu As the word “code-first” implies, the EF 4.1 offers a code centric data programming paradigm. From a coder’s point of view, it requires little effort to map a very clean object model to a database. This style of programming is idea for explorative, bottom-up kind fsharp programmers. Since EF 4 CTP4 release,… Read more

Quick Find extension in the Productivity Power Tools

We’re pleased to announce a new Quick Find (Ctrl+F) extension in the February release of the Productivity Power Tools.  This is the first version of the Quick Find extension and we are planning to make some improvements to it in future Power Tools releases, but this blog post describes the reasons for the extension, its… Read more

Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Now Available

As of this week, Visual Studio 2010 SP1 is now available for download!  The service pack was released to MSDN subscribers on March 8 and became generally available on March 10.  SP1 includes fixes that improve reliability and address the most commonly-reported customer bugs.  It also adds some of the most requested feature improvements, including… Read more

Productivity Power Tools introduces Find, Organize Imports for VB, Enhanced Scrollbar, Middle-Click Scrolling and more!

Reseting Your Extensions for the Last Time! We’ve heard a great deal of feedback on how each update of the Productivity Power Tools re-enables all of the extensions when it installs. If you are careful about installing the Power Tools via the extension manager or as long as an instance of Visual Studio is running,… Read more

Visual Studio Is Hiring!

Do you want to work on a product used by millions of developers around the world?  I do!  Come join me to deliver Visual Studio, the set of developer tools used across Microsoft and around the world.  We have open positions available across Test, Dev and PM at varying levels on many projects across Visual… Read more