ALM and Beyond

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    Hyper-V on Windows 8

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    Virtualization was for a long time considered a technology closely associated with enterprises that needed to maximize their hardware investment. Those benefits that come with virtualizing an operating system (OS)/applications weren’t exclusive...
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    A Sea of Change

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    Momentum is a fickle friend. When you have it you don’t want to lose it and when you don’t have it you’ll give almost anything to get it. I’d say Microsoft has the momentum because wow, what a week this is shaping up to be. First...
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    Build Conference 2012

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    In January Tim O’Brien, General Manager of Developer & Platform Evangelism outlined the path forward for Microsoft developers in his blog post titled: “ Thinking About Developer Events. ” Today he announced that BUILD 2012 will be...
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    Office 2013 Preview

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    This is going to be a tremendous year for Microsoft. Steve Ballmer equates this year to when Windows 95 was released by saying: “ The new, modern Office will deliver unparalleled productivity and flexibility for both consumers and business customers...
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    Windows Server 2012 Editions

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    Technology is a fickle beast. One minute you’re the darling of everyone’s delight and the next you’re a has been. While Windows Server 2008 R2 is a very capable operating system, being years old it was time for its successor to make...
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    Windows Azure Spring Release

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    Since I mentioned this new release in my other post I figured I’d expand a little bit more on some of the features that it provides. The Azure team recently unveiled the biggest update to Windows Azure since its release, including new Windows Azure...
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    A New Microsoft

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    To say the past few weeks were chock full of Microsoft announcements would be an understatement. First came the Surface , then Windows Phone 8 and recently the acquisition of Yammer . Add in the fact that there's new entertainment experiences for XBOX...
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    Testing for Continuous Delivery with Visual Studio 2012 RC

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    Testing has changed dramatically over the last several years, and what the Microsoft patterns & practices team learned has changed our tools and our workflows. While the goal of a testing organization is to continuously test a system to ensure the...
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    Capturing Webcam Images

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    It seemed like a simple task really; capture a still image from a webcam and save it to a file. Unfortunately something that appeared so simple was quite complex. If you’re familiar with C++ and want to use the Windows Image Acquisition (WIA) API...
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    Microsoft Leader in ALM Technology

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    If you’ve been following this blog then it should come as no surprise that I’m a big proponent of Visual Studio (VS) and Team Foundation Server/Service (TFS). While the days of VB6 and Visual Source Safe (VSS) were classic and grand, the capabilities...
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    Visual Studio Agents

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    I immensely enjoy working with the “latest and greatest” software but as is always the case, being on the cutting edge does mean that there are certain nuisances that are to be expected. Having said that I fully expected a knockdown, drag...
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    What Makes a Great Leader?

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    I spend a LOT of time around technology and rightfully so as I do work for one of (if not the) largest companies in this category. However working for a technology company is not always about being involved in creating or using the latest and greatest...
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    Avoiding Technical Debt

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    Among the myriad of reasons why I like employing Scrum for software development, I think the main reason is the frameworks ability to remove what is often called Technical Debt (TD) or Design Debt. Ward Cunnigham was the one who coined the term and simply...
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    Windows 8 Editions

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    Multiple versions, convoluted naming conventions and separation of the user base (i.e. consumer vs. business) are sometimes associated with the Windows brand. That perception is about to change however with the introduction of Windows 8. Basically there...
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    Team Foundation Server 11 Power Tools Beta

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    If you’ve been using Team Foundation Server (TFS) combined with Visual Studio (VS) then most likely you’ve installed the TFS Power Tools . Prior to this latest incarnation, it provided quite a bit of functionality and was almost not an optional...
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    Windows Server AppFabric 1.1

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    I’ve created a few posts on Windows Server AppFabric as well as Windows Server AppFabric Logging as it provides fantastic functionality if your organization wants full control over the environment and is not ready to move “to the Cloud.”...
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    Windows Phone “How Do I? Videos”

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    “Keeping up the Joneses” is generally associated with materialistic goods (i.e. your neighbor purchases a [insert shiny new item here] so you do as well) but now that same metaphor can be easily related to technology. In today’s ever...
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    Team Foundation Service White Paper

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    While the Team Foundation Service (previously known as TFS Azure) is still in preview mode that doesn’t mean that guidance and best practices should not be addressed. I’ve created quite a few blog posts on the features and capabilities that...
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    Lync IM an Expert

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    If you’ve ever used an instant messaging (IM) client then you’re probably familiar with the functionality that such software provides. What you most likely don’t know is that Microsoft has released a new enterprise-ready unified communications...
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    Marketing 101

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    Marketing is not easy. Companies spend billions of dollars a year trying to sell their products and while some are very successful, others fail miserably. Recently I attended a talk by Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Capossela and he addressed how his...
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    Windows Azure and Office 365 Price Reduction

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    It seems nowadays that nothing ever goes down but rather quite the opposite. So when I learned that not only Windows Azure pricing was reduced but also Office 365 I just had to spread the good news. That said, Microsoft has halved the price of its entry...
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    The Team Foundation Service Build Service

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    Even though the Team Foundation Service can be updated more frequently than a typical boxed product (current updates are scheduled approximately every 3 weeks), there were some gaps between this service and Team Foundation Server . One of which was building...
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    Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Released

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    If you’re doing a lot of Windows Phone (WP) development then you’re certainly going to be happy to know that the release of the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update is now available for immediate download on the Microsoft Download Center. The...
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    Visual Studio 11 Beta

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    The Visual Studio Beta has been released and if you think it’s just a new skin think again. I’ll leave it to the VS team’s blog to list all of the new features although I will provide my color commentary on some of them. First...
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    Visual Studio ALM Rangers Report

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    Visual Studio ALM Rangers always produce some incredible content and this latest round is no exception. 70 v olunteer Rangers worked together with product group members to create 20 Ranger solutions. This number broke all their past records and is a great...
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