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  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Campus – Behind the Scenes

    Last week I spoke with students about computer science and Microsoft, and mentioned many of the things that happen at Microsoft, from product research and development to testing labs.  Some places can be seen via video, so here I’ve listed tours that provide glimpses into how things are done at...
  • Blog Post: WebsiteSpark – A Jumpstart for Web Development and Design Companies

    Having just posted about a Boston-area opportunity for BizSpark companies , I realized I hadn’t yet mentioned the new WebsiteSpark program , so… WebsiteSpark Similar to BizSpark , WebsiteSpark is a new program for web development/design companies and offers (from the FAQ ): The program helps Web Pros...
  • Blog Post: Learn About the New England Research & Development (NERD) Center

    A new site has just launched with details of the Microsoft New England Research & Development (aka “NERD”) center at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge, MA. The site features details about the facility, plus events , jobs , and the teams that call NERD home. Check it out at: MicrosoftCambridge.com ...
  • Blog Post: Roundup of 11 Recent Microsoft Technology Releases

    There have been quite a few developer and technology releases in the past couple of weeks, so in case you’ve missed any, I’ve collected pointers to 11 of them in this post: Internet Explorer 8 Release Candidate 1 (RC1) IE Team Post Release Notes ASP.NET MVC Release Candidate 1 (RC1) Many new improvements...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Microsoft's BizSpark Program for Startups

    Some great news for the startup and entrepreneurial community - we've formally launched a new program, called BizSpark , designed to offer tools, mentorship, and support to early stage startups, with no upfront costs to enroll. Think DreamSpark (tools and platform software for students) but for startups...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the MSDN Developer Conference Series (Boston on January 22nd!)

    MSDN Developer Conference A fantastic series of one-day conferences is coming, bringing the latest technology from Microsoft to 11 cities across the US.  The MSDN Developer Conference features 12 sessions in three tracks: Cloud Services Use Windows Azure , Live Mesh , and more to create apps that...
  • Blog Post: Northeast Microsoft Job Opening for a Passionate IT Professional

    Passing along word from my colleague Blain Barton who has posted about an opening on his team for a Northeast-focused Community Champion for the IT Pro space: This is a great opportunity to join a dynamic presentation team and help the IT Pro Evangelist team continue to build IT Pro Community Excellence...
  • Blog Post: Jim O'Neil Blogs!

    If you’ve been to our Roadshow or some of the Heroes Happen Here events, you’ve had a chance to meet my new Northeast colleague, Jim O’Neil. Well, Jim has just entered the ranks of Microsoft bloggers and now you can find an additional local source of information on his new blog . ...
  • Blog Post: New Microsoft Research Center in Cambridge, MA

    Some exciting news for New England. Microsoft Research has just announced that the One Memorial Drive, Cambridge offices (that I introduced earlier ) will be the location of our newest Research Center! The center, opening in July, will be the 6th such center in the world, the 3rd in the US, and the first...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to our New and Continuing Northeastern MVPs

    I'd like to pass along congratulations to our new and re-awarded MVPs ( Most Valuable Professionals ) in New England and upstate New York for the first quarter of 2008: Ho Yin Au: Windows - PC Games Mark Blomsma : Visual Developer - Visual C# Peter Blum : Visual Developer - ASP/ASP.NET John D. Carrona...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to SB Chatterjee!

    Some great news to welcome in the new year! Long-time community leader SB Chatterjee has just been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Groove ! For years, SB has been doing great work both in Connecticut with the CT .NET User Group and online with his support of Office Groove via discussion...
  • Blog Post: TechEd 2008 Now Two Events with IT and Developer Specializations

    Just announced on the TechEd 2008 site , TechEd will be run as two back-to-back conferences, the first focused on developers and the second on IT professionals: TechEd U.S. 2008 Developers - June 3-6, Orlando, FL TechEd U.S. 2008 IT Professionals - June 10-13, Orlando, FL Both weeks are in the same location...
  • Blog Post: What's It Like to Be a Developer Evangelist?

    The "Evangelist" title has come into more common use within the technology industry and many larger companies now have some forms of evangelism roles. Want to get an idea of what's involved with the role of Developer Evangelist (DE) at Microsoft? Watch this Channel 9 video with DEs Lynn Langit and Asli...
  • Blog Post: Job Openings with Microsoft SoftGrid in Cambridge

    As I've mentioned before, Microsoft is in the process of moving/growing groups to a great new location in the Cambridge area . Microsoft SoftGrid is one of the groups moving into that space on 1 Memorial Drive on September 24th. The SoftGrid team has a bunch of Software Development job openings available...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Jesse Liberty

    Not sure how I missed this news until now, but Joe Stagner mentions that Jesse Liberty , noted author, speaker, and technologist, has joined Microsoft! Jesse is now a Senior Program Manager on the Silverlight development team. It turns out Jesse announced this a few weeks ago on his blog : "As part of...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Growing in Cambridge, MA

    We'll be expanding our available space in the Boston area by way of One Memorial Drive, Cambridge: http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2007/06/21/room_to_grow_for_microsoft/ "Microsoft will be leasing 136,000 square feet in the 17-story high-rise office tower, overlooking the Charles River...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft in Second Life

    I've be a fan of Second Life for a while now (message me to exchange avatar IDs) and even have a relative who has worked in the SL world professionally, so it's great to see parts of Microsoft responding to the opportunity it presents. There was recently a launch party in Second Life to unveil a second...
  • Blog Post: Openings on Microsoft's SoftGrid Application Virtualization Team

    Microsoft's SoftGrid application virtualization team (based in Boston) is looking to expand! They have posted the following opportunities: Group Program Manager - Boston, MA (US) Program Manager - Boston, MA (US) Project Manager - Boston, MA (US) Software Development Engineer - Boston...
  • Blog Post: Post #0 - Introduction

    Welcome to my new blog on MSDN! My name is Chris Bowen and, as of Monday, I'm a Developer Evangelist for Microsoft, covering the New England district. Developer Evangelists focus on technology, community, customers, and information, so here's what to expect from this blog: What's going on at Microsoft...
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