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    All Good Things

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    Hey folks – like all good things, this too comes to an end. Today is my last day at Microsoft. It’s been a great ride, but it’s time for me to see what’s next. I plan to spend the next few months traveling (reacquainting myself with sunlight and big-city...
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    native Vista awesomeness

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    I’ve been asked a few times lately about what’s developers should find cool about Vista besides the .NET Framework 3.0, and I figured I should post my response here too. I can’t say enough good stuff about the native APIs in Vista – we’ve been pretty...
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    wooo!

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    That’s right, folks – we’ve finally shipped. In fact, we’ve shipped more or less everything – Vista , Office , and of course the .NET Framework 3.0 . It’s officially a trifecta. I’m so glad we’ve finally got everything out there into customers’ hands...
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    surrounded by women

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    I spent some time a couple weeks ago (my, how time flies) at the Grace Hopper Conference in San Diego . Rear Admiral Grace Hopper was a pioneering female computer scientist, the woman who popularized the term “bug” – I’ve seen the Mark IV in Cambridge...
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    Firefox and IE

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    It's things like this that make me happy to be in this industry. (I know, I'm late to the game, but I've been half-writing posts and never getting to post them lately -- rather like my million drafted mails that have slowly become too irrelevant to...
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    back to today (and RC1)

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    And that brings us to…RC1. That’s right, over Labor Day Weekend we published the release candidate for both Windows Vista and the .NET Framework 3.0. (What was I doing between TechEd and Labor Day, you ask? That’s where all that beach time comes in.)...
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    Renaming + TechEd

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    Ah yes, the renaming of WinFX to the .NET Framework 3.0. By now it’s been so long that the new name seems completely natural. I think Soma’s blog post says it all, and we really think this will be the best choice for our customers longterm. We’re not...
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    WinFX Beta2

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    Then came Beta2, which was exciting. I love releases, because we can finally get our latest bits in the hands of customers. (Of course, “latest” is only in a manner of speaking – given all the stabilization work we do on the bits, there’s a significant...
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    WinFX EMEA tour

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    I then got to go on the road for the EMEA (that’s Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for those of you playing along) WinFX roadshow ! I had quick stop in London , then kicked off the tour in Rotterdam , and followed it up with a few talks in Nice. Yes...
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    MIX06

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    After the February CTP (and even before, I guess), it was time to start getting everything together for MIX06 . Steve Maine and I worked on a “Sites as Services” talk given by Clemens Vasters explaining how WCF lets you expose your content (aka your web...
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    welcome back?

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    How long does a blog have to hibernate before losing its value? I had thought I had already passed the Rubicon of blog death with this blog, but this morning I changed my mind. I think it was the rain – I’ve spent every spare minute I had this past month...
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    February CTP Live!

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    The February CTP is finally available for download, along with sync’d versions of the rest of the WinFX experience: the Windows SDK , the “Orcas” CT P for Development Tools for WinFX (a role that used to be fulfilled by Visual Studio Extensions for WinFX...
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    Go Lives and windowscommunication.net

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    I’m finally back, after a few weeks working harder (and more) than I can remember recently, though I'm in good company--there's been a lot of hard work happening on this campus. But now I’m pleased to announce a bunch of stuff: - http://windowscommunication...
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    Holidays at MS

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    One of the reasons I like working with the WCF team. Yes, that’s what every day at the office is like. Well, many days. It’s the holiday season at Microsoft now, which is a combination of very productive and utterly frustrating. It’s a great (quiet...
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    DevConnections / VSLive

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    Well, here I am in Sydney , trying to work on the talks I’m giving over the next couple days, but it’s a constant temptation to go out and discover the city. It’s remarkably disappointing to be sent to all sorts of glamorous locations and then have no...
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    WinFX November CTP!

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    I know, I know, I’m supposed to post about DevConnections, but between my computer disappearing (a quick PSA here on the importance of backups: don’t ever think you’re “too busy” to back up your hard drive), my RSI flaring up, and the sheer length I’m...
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    Available Builds

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    Still totally snowed under from my DevConnections Vegas talks last week (which I will post more about), but wanted to get up a quick note about current publicly available WinFX builds: the latest matching WinFX/VS builds are the WinFX September CTP +...
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    Magic8Ball + Security

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    Since I posted the code for a basic service/client, I’ve gotten a few requests for additional functionality, particularly the code that we used to demo the security/logging functionality Payam showed. Here’s what you do: -first of all, let’s simplify...
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    Indigo Roadshow and the Magic8Ball demo

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    Now that the Indigo Roadshow is officially over, I’m hoping to have some time to breathe and recap. After PDC, Payam and I did a whirlwind of stops through Chicago, Philadelphia, and Columbus. Payam, who’s Canadian and very well-traveled, kept complaining...
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    the PDC post

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    Theoretically, I’m on vacation now, and therefore shouldn’t be touching a computer. But in reality I’m out at home in rural America , and the most interesting thing around is our new wireless network. So, why not post? This is the belated PDC post...
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    Women & Tech lunch at PDC

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    I just wanted to also post a note about the Women and Tech Luncheon at the PDC, which grew out of an idea some of us had at lunch a few months ago. Jennifer Ritzinger's been doing such a good job with it I haven't figured out many ways to help, despite...
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    The Team

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    After just posting about both Rich and Payam, I realized that I hadn’t actually explained who they are. The Web Services Strategy team is currently made of me, Richard Turner , and Payam Shodjai, working under Ari Bixhorn. Rich and Payam both used to...
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    Indigo Roadshow: SoCal

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    Last week, Payam Shodjai and I did the third stop of the roadshow in Orange County , CA . It was a little quieter than our other roadshow stops so far, but we got some great questions. One question in particular that both Payam and I couldn’t answer for...
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    Indigo Roadshow

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    I think that brings us more or less to today, and why I was trapped in Atlanta airport overnight. The current big thing I’m working on is the Indigo User Group tour: we’re sending a couple speakers from the Web Services Strategy team on a ten-city tour...
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    TechEd

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    Next on the list was TechEd Orlando, where Indigo and the Distributed Systems Group were part of the Connected Systems Infrastructure track. I was lucky enough to do a demo in Bob Muglia’s general session. In that talk, I presented a healthcare...
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