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    Visual Studio Start Page RSS Feeds

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    I received a suggestion through Microsoft Connect yesterday asking for an easier way to find all of the RSS feeds that we publish as part of each type of developer settings in Visual Studio. Although I don't think we'll be able to get to this feature...
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    My Xbox 360 Seems to Hate Me

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    Feed: cabana boy msft's Xbox 360 can blog Posted on: Tuesday, May 02, 2006 4:50 PM Author: cabana boy msft's Xbox 360 can blog Subject: Cabana Boy MSFT's Xbox - 05/02/06 3 Processors, 512MB of RAM, custom graphics chip and multichannel...
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    Windows Vista Software Logo Requirements

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    I'm posting this more for myself, than anything else, but v0.5 of the Windows Vista Software Logo Requirements are online. They detail all of the critical aspects of creating software for the Windows platform that will allow you to place the "Designed...
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    GRAW

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    Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter for X360 simply rocks. There's really no other way to describe it, and nothing else to say. I spent several very frustrating, yet highly rewarding hours yesterday getting my Ghosts through the first couple areas of the...
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    Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005's Look and Feel

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    As you may be able to discern from the contents of this weblog, I'm the Program Manager who is responsible for a lot of the overall look-and-feel of the Visual Studio product line. Specifically, I drive User Experience, Shell UI, and Accessibility across...
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    Feedback Requested: Orcas File Tabs

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    Our Program Manager Intern, Jon, has a set of file tab prototypes we're considering for Orcas. He'd love to get feedback on his designs over on the Visual Studio IDE weblog . I just left my feedback on there. I hope to see all of yours' too!
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    Input Requested: Redesigning Visual Studio's File Tabs

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    Hi All - Long time, no blog. Apologies: finishing up Whidbey has kept me insanely busy, but I think the product is better for it :-). The Developer Division has done an incredible job on making Visual Studio 2005 a terrific product, and I can't wait until...
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    Extending Visual Studio 2005

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    I promised an article in .NET Developer's Journal's June issue a while back. I just received word that the article has made it online for your reading enjoyment: http://dotnet.sys-con.com/read/105646.htm . Have you ever thought of a killer feature...
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    VS 2005 Extensibility

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    Look for .NET Developers Journal 's June 2005 issue for an article by yours truly on Extensibility in Visual Studio 2005. You can also find the accompanying source code through my weblog here . I hasten to point out that all code samples are provided...
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    Live from Tech Ed Orlando

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    Apologies for how long it's been since I last posted here. We've been working hard on Visual Studio 2005 trying to get it finished and out the door. I've also been getting my team (VSCore) ready for Tech Ed 2005 in Orlando, which is where I am at right...
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    Visual Studio 2005: Tool Window Tabs

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    Aaaaand, I think we're all finished with the tabs for VS 2005. You won't see this design in Beta 2, but it'll certainly be present in RTM. Thanks again for all of the feedback we got on these, it really was a huge help :) We ended up not going with fins...
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    Huxley: Next-Gen MMO Game (Holy Cow!)

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    I just read an interesting (although unfortunately brief) interview on TeamXBox about an XBox Live-enabled MMO game due out in Summer 2006. The graphics in this thing are absolutely incredible. I mean, I'd seen what Unreal Engine 3 was capable of before...
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    Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005 Tab Design Iteration 2

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    I want to thank everyone for all of the terrific feedback we received on our first pair of tool window tab designs for Visual Studio 2005. As of right now, we've gotten 124 comments, which is really outstanding! I've been working with our designer, Corrina...
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    Feedback Requested: Visual Studio 2005 Tab Design

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    //Update 2 I have posted a new set of designs for this at http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronbrethorst/archive/2005/03/16/397107.aspx . Please leave feedback on there. Thanks! :) //End:Update 2 //Update Corrina, the designer I have been working with on our new...
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    Creating a Business Logo

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    Ian Landsman from UserScape posted an article on his weblog about the process of creating a logo for his small software company and his product. Interesting reading for anyone running a MicroISV.
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    Smartphone Development Resources

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    It almost goes without saying that I'm completely addicted to my Windows Mobile-based phone. I have an Audiovox SMT 5600, which runs Windows Mobile 2003 and has support built in for the .Net Compact Framework. There's something wonderfully compelling...
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    Download The New Whidbey CTP

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    I just received mail that we have released the October Community Tech Preview of Visual Studio 2005. This consists of all of the variations of our Express Editions. You may want to start with the Read Me . Then, you can dive right into the apps !
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    Halo 2 Has Gone Gold!!!

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    http://www.bungie.net/News/TopStory.aspx?story=GoneGoldAnnouncer&p=811577 I want to congratulate all of the flaming ninjas over at Bungie, you guys rock! Man, I can't wait until this ships! :-)
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    Mount St. Helens Pictures

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    Apologies about the lack of blogging over the past two months. I will get back to it soon, I've just been unfortunately swamped. Anyway, the USGS has a set of really amazing photos of Mount St. Helens from the past few days. Well worth the look. They...
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    From Zero to RTM: Pricing Guidelines for Software Developers

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    One of my favorite bloggers in the whole wide world, Eric Sink of Sourcegear and Vault fame, just published an article on MSDN about properly pricing your hot new software package. The Product Pricing Primer contains interesting points like product positioning...
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    Visual Studio Setup Changes

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    If you've played with Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1, you've probably noticed a fair number of changes to the user interface of our setup application. It's become quite a bit easier to use, but we still have some changes planned for it. I was asked by Brian...
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    Those Little '?' Buttons

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    Thanks to everyone who has logged bugs in the MSDN Product Feedback Center on inconsistencies in the use of dialog help buttons (those little '?' buttons) in Visual Studio 2005 Beta 1! I really appreciate all the help everyone has provided so far; you...
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    I Need Your Help

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    Let me be totally straightforward and honest: I need your help. For those of you who are just tuning in, I am the Program Manager responsible for User Experience and User Interface Consistency for Visual Studio. Visual Studio 2005 is becoming consistent...
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    From Zero to RTM

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    I'm sure that a lot of software developers have, at one time or another, pondered creating shareware. It's pretty attractive in theory: you make a small application in your spare time, publish it to the web, have thousands of users download and purchase...
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    Review Time

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    I finally just finished writing my annual performance review. I've been working on this thing for the past few days in fits and spurts, but I really needed to have it done for my meeting with my Lead Program Manager, Jason, later this morning. In...
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