Visual Studio Update 2 (CTP 2) Available

Download the Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 CTP 2 package now     From Brian Harry’s blog post [highlighting added by me]: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/bharry/archive/2013/01/30/announcing-visual-studio-2012-update-2-vs2012-2.aspx === Today we released the first Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 (VS2012.2). It’s exciting to see the next update of VS working it’s way to completion. There’s…


Visual Studio 2012 Color Theme Choices

  The other day I had a customer complain about not liking the Light and Dark color themes that come out of the box with VS2012.  I’m always up for more choices with color schemes so thought I would make sure you all knew about the options for color schemes.  There are actually many, many…

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Win Up To $40,000 in the Windows 8 Apps For Social Good Contest

http://www.netsquared.org/challenge/windows-8-apps-social-good-contest   Want to make some money and help people at the same time?  This is how you do it!  Check out this contest going on at NetSquared, here is what they say: === Status: Open for submissions   Submissions Close: Thu, 02/28/2013 – 11:59pm   Voting Opens: Fri, 03/01/2013 – 12:01am   Voting Closes:…


Visual Studio Tools for Git Announced

In case you missed it, we announced the release of Visual Studio Tools for Git today at the ALM Summit.  You can find the new extension here: http://visualstudiogallery.msdn.microsoft.com/abafc7d6-dcaa-40f4-8a5e-d6724bdb980c   Below are some details verbatim from the extension site:   The Visual Studio Tools for Git is an extension for Team Explorer that provides source control…

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A Time To Reflect

In lieu of the typical post I wanted to take today to say an extra special thanks to the great folks I work with at Microsoft.  I don’t normally talk about personal matters on my blog these days but I’m going to make an exception today.   About three weeks ago my mom suffered a…

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MSDN Features You Need to Know About: MSDN Online Concierge

Did you know as an MSDN subscriber of any level you have access to a personal online valet of sorts?  It’s called the MSDN Online Chat which is totally misleading in my opinion.  I prefer to call it the “Online Concierge” as that is more in-line with what the service does.   Online Concierge Okay…


MSDN Features You Need to Know About: Answers to Just About Any Technical Question

I was originally going to name this article something like “MSDN Forums: What you need to know,” but quickly realized that most people wouldn’t read it because they think they already know everything about the online forums…   Sadly they are mistaken.   Did you know that, as an MSDN Subscriber, you get priority support…

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Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (KB2707250): New Features

In my last post I wrote about installation and the list of bug fixes in Update 1: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/zainnab/archive/2013/01/15/visual-studio-2012-update-1-kb2707250-bug-fixes.aspx   In this post I’ll just re-show the new features mentioned in the KB article found here: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2797915/EN-US   In later posts I’ll show more of these in detail and explore them like I usually do for…


Visual Studio 2012 Update 1 (KB2707250): Bug Fixes

This post is a bit overdue but better late than never.  So let’s talk about Visual Studio Update 1…   Soma originally introduced Update 1 in his November 26th post here: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/somasegar/archive/2012/11/26/visual-studio-2012-update-1-now-available.aspx     Installation Since some of you may want to install this update immediately there are a few options for you.    From…

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Additional Use Rights for MSDN subscriptions

  On my journey to keep you better informed I will throw in information as I get it sometimes.  Just to be clear I’m not an expert on licensing so you should always consult a licensing specialist before making any decisions. Now that I’ve got the CYA done; there was a pretty cool update to…

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