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I'm an SDET in the Connected Systems Division. The Calendar Printing Aassistance for Office is the first public product to be released from our group and is available with Office12.

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    .NET 3.0 - Alphabet Soup

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    The .NET 3.0 Framework is right around the corner and with it comes WPF, WCF, WWF, and WCS. While there are no updates to the existing 2.0 framework, these four technologies should make life a bit easier for the developer. But first there is some learning...
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    So You Want a Job at Microsoft

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    This week I was on campus at Drexel looking for interns and college hires. It was my first time doing recruiting for Microsoft, and overall I was happy with the way the event went. There were a wide variety of students who visited the booth. Some were...
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    What's My Motivation?

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    As a test engineer, it is my job to design and write tests that find every possible bug or defect in the software. My test team is motivated by the drive to ship a quality product. But what about testers who benefit from bugs in their software? For example...
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    Rory in Redmond

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    I'd like to take a minute to be one of many people to welcome Rory to Redmond . Channel9 seems to be a perfect fit for him and I'm looking forward to seeing what he can do with it.
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    Zune

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    I was out last week when the Zune was officially announced so I assume most of you have read about it by now. If not, head over to the Zune Virtual Pressroom for the facts. Some of my initial reactions: My fourth gen iPod Photo has been a bit flaky lately...
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    Live Local Updates

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    I'm a big Live Local fan. Google Maps was the first one to the table with AJAX maps, but they have remained stagnant since introduction. Meanwhile Live has been continuously stepping up their game with new features. One of my favorite features is the...
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    Never Lose Product Keys

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    How many times have you bought software on the web and then lost the product key? I have a couple programs sitting unused at home because I have no idea where I put the key or who to contact to recover it. Windows Live Marketplace is out of it's beta...
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    Multiline Search and Replace

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    I'd love to see support for search and replace in VS, but until it's available, here's a free macro that gives you the functionality. http://www.helixoft.com/blog/archives/15 If you need one that just does general multiline search and replace in a specific...
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    Knowledge Network

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    Just before I left my previous job, my group was selected to be part of the Knowledge Network TAP. I only got to see a few demos, but it looks incredible. I did a bit of playing around in college with analyzing my inbox to see who I communicated with...
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    Multi Computer Test Automation

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    We have some tests that need to test various methods of acquiring files from other computers. This led to a challenge of writing C# code to automate the process of creating HTTP and FTP virtual directories in IIS, sharing folders, mapping network drives...
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    NotForNoobs.com

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    The mystery behind NotForNoobs is over. It turns out that it really is a Microsoft marketing campaign and the target of the marketing looks pretty sweet. It's a high end gaming mouse (retailing for $69.95.) http://www.notfornoobs.com/Microsoft-Habu-Gaming...
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    Aero Glass Review

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    It's easy for me to forget that most people haven't seen Vista yet. I've been running beta builds since May and I've been quite happy. Vista isn't as big of a change as 3.1 to Win95 was, but it's bigger than the Win98 to WinXP jump. It will take you a...
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    WPF Proponents

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    "But parts of the Office team do use the Common Language Runtime (i.e., .NET technology). They even use Windows Presentation Foundation! http://bloggingabout.net/blogs/erwyn/archive/2006/08/16/Office-2007-and-the-CLR-get-along-after-all.aspx
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    Upcoming Webcasts

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    Unwrapped for Financial Services Webcast Series III Starting September 6, 2006 and running through September 12, 2006 Now in its third year, the Unwrapped for Financial Services Webcast Series is back! Sessions will be both technical and strategic...
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    Tony Williams on Channel9

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    I started with the Connected Applications Framework group about 3 months ago. Since then I've had the opportunity to work with a number of fantastic employees such as Don Box, Clemens Szyperski, and Tony Williams. Tony is our Platform Architect and was...
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    CPAO

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    The Calendar Printing Assistant for Microsoft Office Outlook 2007 is the first external product to come out of my group. There are some nice writeups finally hitting the web: http://blogs.msdn.com/tims/archive/2006/08/15/701836.aspx http://www.microsoft...
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    Tech Blogging

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    Welcome to my new blog....
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