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  • Blog Post: Silent install of the .NET Framework

    When I talked to ISV, they often just want to use the .NET Framework as an implementation detail of their applications.. they don't want their users to have to go to windows update or MSDN to download the framework, and they don't want to have some Microsoft setup UI popping up during the install experience...
  • Blog Post: How to configure Vista to enable ClickOnce publishing

    This came up recently internally and I thought I'd share it here in case other are running into it.. Because Vista (and Longhorn Server) run the new IIS7 , there are a handful of tweaks you have to make to IIS and VS to make clickonce publishing work... Brian Noyes has a good blog on the details....
  • Blog Post: A great day for shipping…

    Today two of the products I have spent a bunch of time ship! .NET Framework 3.0 ships! With the 3.0 version of the .NET Framework I can look forward to the day when every application will offer compelling user experiences that that fuse the seamless, immersive nature of TV with the power and productivity...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to TechEd Europe

    I just got in last night into Barcelona for TechEd Europe .. One thing I love about my job is that I get to span the full range of application space supported by the .NET Framework… As such I think I am the only speaker at Teched doing a server based talk and a smart client talk ! Should be fun to see...
  • Blog Post: Check out the NYTimes reader...

    The folks over at the NYTimes have released the beta of the NYTimes reader … a .NET Framework 3.0 based application that provides an amazingly rich experience for reading the newspaper… I have been on the internal pre-beta program for a while and I have found it great! A few weeks ago I actually read...
  • Blog Post: Even more on .NET Framework 3.0...

    I wanted to respond to a few comments.. Keeron asked about what .NET Framework includes exactly. JasonZ does a good job with this one.. The Linq support for C# (and VB for that mater) is scheduled for Orcas... We have not locked on a final version number, my hunch will be “.NET Framework 3.5...
  • Blog Post: "GoLive" with WinFX...

    Today at WinHEC BillG announced the Beta2 of WinFX with a Go Live license ...... The Go Live is great because it let’s you build apps on WinFX and let customers actually use them! This bits (and the go live ) work great on XP as well as Vista ... I can’t wait to see what you build with it.....
  • Blog Post: A new Opportunity for me...

    As many of you know after you ship a major release there is inevitably a re-org as the teams get in alignment to deliver on the next set of opportunities… One of the outcomes of our post- Whidbey shuffle here at Microsoft was to create a product unit that brings together our client and web frameworks...
  • Blog Post: Where to find ISV-style C# experience

    I had an opportunity recently to chat briefly to Eric Hahn (of Netscape and Lookout fame) about his next interesting project… which btw, will be built in C# just like lookout. He mentioned that it was hard to find developers with world class ISV-style experience in C#. While there is a healthy market...
  • Blog Post: WinFX Nov CTP for use with VS2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 RTM

    At long last we have a WinFX build to release that works great with “Whidbey” RTM. Here is the low-down: Uninstall any previous release (you can use the uninstall tool ) Download and install WinFX Runtime bits Download and install the SDK . Note this is a rather large ISO image this time...
  • Blog Post: A great Sparkle blog...

    FYI – one of the designers on Expression Interactive Designer “Sparkle” just started a blog… http://spaces.msn.com/members/manodesign/ Should be a good read..
  • Blog Post: PDC2005 WinFX Namespace Poster

    The MSDN folks keep giving this morning… They just posted a highres version of the namespace poster we gave out here at the PDC. Enjoy! I’d still love to hear you feedback …
  • Blog Post: Download the WinFX September CTP...

    You will love this drop of WinFX… it has the Windows Workflow Services stuff in there as well as Windows Presentation Foundation (“Avalon”) and Windows Communication Foundation (“Indigo”)… Just a note – it does work only with the BETA2 build of .NET Framework 2.0 and VS 2005… So don’t try to make...
  • Blog Post: PDC: What do you think of the updated WinFX poster?

    If you check out your attendee bag you will find a couple of posters… One of which is an updated version of the WinFX poster we first did at the 2003 PDC. Joe Duffy and I worked on it (with help from many others)… It was good fun to take a top-down look at the platform and how it is growing and changing...
  • Blog Post: MSDN goodness today: Cool MSDN Vista site launched and WinFX Runtime Beta1

    Check out… we got some coolness going on the MSDN Vista page and * ANYONE * can download the WinFX Runtime Beta1 bits. They are very close to the RC we posted a while back, mostly just bugfixes, but good to have it done. We are celebrating the launch of WinFX Runtime Beta1 internally by getting...
  • Blog Post: Object Pascal Support for Avalon...

    Check it out -- http://blogs.remobjects.com/blogs/mh/archive/2005/07/17/3023.aspx Looks cool... I also so a demo of a COBOL implemenation doing XAML as well this morning... I love seeing our language vendors excited about opening the platform to a wider community… Keep it up folks!
  • Blog Post: The output of planning is an organization aligned around the plan

    I have been doing a little thinking about planning recently.. How do we decide what features are going product? What big bets is the product going to make? What scenarios do we enable? As you might guess, I am working on all kinds of collateral around planning: feature lists, vision statements...
  • Blog Post: Uninstall magic: MSIZap and MSIInv

    Like many of you, my laptop is very “dirty”… I tend to install the latest pre-release builds when they come out… occasionally there are bugs that make it uninstall not even work. Usually what happens is a go to install a newer version of a product and it says there is already an older one installed ...
  • Blog Post: Do you have CTP Madness??

    Our friends over at Channel9 just posted a cure for CTP Madness … Here is an excerpt from this site which helps you decide what builds work together… Community Technology Previews (CTPs) are regular interim releases of Microsoft technologies while they are still under active development. These...
  • Blog Post: Download the Beta1 RC of our WinFX Technologies

    I am excited to announce that the Beta1 Release Candidate (that means all-but-final) build of Avalon and Indigo is available for everyone to download off MSDN. Microsoft® Pre-Release Software Code Named “Avalon” and “Indigo” Beta1 RC This build is based on Whidbey Beta2 , so you should be able...
  • Blog Post: WinFX CTP, now even easier to install

    A couple of people have noted a little perf issue with the installer we used for the WinFX CTP… Our resident MSDN magician did the magic to post the raw ISO image… so if you tried before to install this CTP, please try again. Because of the fun of being on the bleeding edge , I’d suggest you install...
  • Blog Post: Two free gifts: WinFX for all and IronPython

    Some great new giveaways in the developer space recently… First, we just posted the Avalon and Indigo CTP for all to download … it is no longer just for MSDN\U subscribers. Please take a look and give us your feedback! Second, JimHugg , and JoelPob just posted IronPython 0.7 … we have not made a lot...
  • Blog Post: The Avalon and Indigo CTP hits the streets!

    I am super excited about the first CTP of Avalon and Indigo that work nicely together.. And check that out – we beat the March 38 th date rudder promised at VSLive! Do we get a bonus for that ;-) This bits work on top of the latest VS 2005 CTP and include some nice project system support in the SDK....
  • Blog Post: WinFX CTP here we come...

    As Rudder say , we are well on our way to getting the first combined CTP drop of Indigo and Avalon out the door. It is a baby-step on the way to the final release, but an important baby step. While the install experience is not as seamless as we would like, the drop does runs great on XP… I can’t wait...
  • Blog Post: From the API usability labs

    I went down to the usability labs with Steven Clarke for while yesterday to watch as we tested a recent build of Indigo, Avalon and .NET Framework working together… Over the course of a week or so we are bringing in 10-15 C# and VB developers for 2 two hour sessions of application building. All the while...
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