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  • Blog Post: Microsoft 2012 Launch Event Series – Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, and More

    A major series of free, full-day product launch events for Windows 8, Visual Studio 2012, Windows Server, and more begins on October 30th: Attend a FREE one-day event and be part of the biggest product launch in our history. You’ll discover how the latest Microsoft technologies are transforming the way...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Developer Camps and Hackathons – July through September

    I’m happy to pass along word that a new series of Windows 8 developer events are coming soon!  These are special two-day events , with a DevCamp on day one featuring a full day of sessions plus an InstallFest, followed on day two by a Hackathon with Lightning Talks where you can bring app ideas...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Release Preview, Visual Studio 2012 RC, and More!

    It’s a big day for releases as a number of new Release Previews and Release Candidates have just been made available: [Last updated – 7/13/2012] Windows 8 Release Preview Windows 8 Release Preview Home Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images Windows 8 Release Preview FAQ “Delivering the Windows 8 Release...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 “Launch and Learn” – May 15, Albany, NY

    The Albany, NY Tech Valley .NET User Group is hosting a Visual Studio 2010 “Launch and Learn” event , a free, community event featuring a combination of workshops for hands-on learning and introductory sessions :     “ Launch and Learn ”     Saturday, May 15    ...
  • Blog Post: Chris Dias of the Visual Studio Platform Team in CT & MA

    There will be two special opportunities to gain insights from the Visual Studio Platform team as Chris Dias visits New England in two weeks.  Chris is Group Program Manager with the Visual Studio Platform team at Microsoft and will be hosted for two community events:     May 5 - Farmington...
  • Blog Post: The .NET Rocks Road Trip Comes to Cambridge, MA on May 3rd!

    Carl Franklin and Richard Campbell , of the .NET Rocks! show are coming to Cambridge, MA on May 3rd!  Driving a 30-foot RV, the “DotNetMobile” , Carl and Richard will be visiting the Boston area as part of the national .NET Rocks! Road Trip , celebrating the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET...
  • Blog Post: A Resource Guide for Visual Studio 2010 RC (Release Candidate)

    This week, Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 RC (Release Candidate) became available to everyone for download.  This post is a brief guide to resources to help you quickly get started and learn about what’s new. Before Installing What’s New?  Watch a Channel 9 Video with Jason Zander...
  • Blog Post: Announcing the Northeast MSDN Roadshow March 2010 Tour!

    The plans are set for our next Northeast MSDN Roadshow series, and Jim and I will be consuming coffee aplenty and taking to the roads of the northeast to visit four cities in March. These are free events with technical sessions for developers and architects.  We ’ll be covering Windows Azure , data...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 Training Kit Available

      If you're interested in learning more about the what's coming in the VS 2010/.NET 4.0 wave, check out the "Visual Studio 2010 & .NET 4.0 Training Kit" (November Preview) : The Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 Training Kit includes presentations, hands-on labs, and demos...
  • Blog Post: Tips from My Technical Presentations

    My role involves spending a good deal of time with technical audiences. Recently, I've been getting reactions like this - "I enjoyed your presentation! I have an odd question - how did you zoom in like that?" or "How did you set those colors in Visual Studio?" So, I'm posting some tips so I can direct...
  • Blog Post: Summary of MIX '08 Highlights

    It's been a busy week (getting ready for the 2008 Launch event in Boston next week), but I have a moment to share details from my trip to MIX '08 last week. It was my first MIX, and incredibly, my first visit to Las Vegas! Not a lot of free time to absorb the city, but it was great. Didn't get to go...
  • Blog Post: Icons and Images for Your Apps in VS 2008

    [File this under Cool Tips That Are News to Me] Thanks to Julie Lerman for pointing out a nifty little feature of the Visual Studio 2008 distribution that includes a library of image and icon files that you can use when creating your own applications. Get the details in her post . -Chris
  • Blog Post: .NET Framework Source Now Available

    Scott Guthrie has just posted the excellent news that everything is now in place for people to access the source code for the .NET Framework! You can now configure Visual Studio 2008 to step through your code and directly into the source for classes in the following libraries: .NET Base Class Libraries...
  • Blog Post: Speaking on VS2008 with Western MA .NET - 1/8/08

    For those of you in the Springfield, MA area tonight (Jan 8th), I'll be visiting with the Western Mass .NET Users Group to speak on "What's New in Visual Studio 2008?" . Now that Visual Studio 2008 is released and available, it's important to understand the new available features and adoption strategies...
  • Blog Post: World of Warcraft Meets Visual Studio 2008

    In an bit of good timing for some holiday season downtime, Dan Fernandez has announced the first release of AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft on CodePlex. World of Wacraft supports user-generated utilities and interfaces, called AddOns. Now we can use Visual Studio to help create our own: AddOn Studio...
  • Blog Post: Save the Dates - Northeast 2008 Launch Events Announced

    We've just announced the schedule for the 2008 Launch Events across the country, following the kickoff event in Los Angeles on February 27th! T hese events are a great way to learn about what's new with three major products, Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008, and SQL Server 2008. You'll have a...
  • Blog Post: Waltham InstallFest Registration Open

    The gates are open for you to register for the December 12th combined Boston .NET User Group holiday social and Visual Studio 2008 InstallFest in Waltham, MA! Just head over to the Boston .NET User Group site for more information! -Chris Technorati tags: Events , User Groups , Massachusetts , Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 InstallFests in the Northeast!

    Visual Studio 2008 has now been released to manufacturing, and as a "thank you" to the community, we're collaborating with area user groups to host a series of Visual Studio InstallFests. I'm happy to announce that we'll have four InstallFests in the Northeast over the coming two weeks! 12/4 - Rochester...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 and Training Kit Released!

    Visual Studio 2008 & .NET 3.5 We've just announced the RTM (release to manufacturing) of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5! MSDN subscribers can download the English versions now, plus there are trial editions and the Express editions available as well. Where to get it? Visit the Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Major Visual Studio 2008 Announcements Today

    We've taken the wraps off some big announcements related to Visual Studio 2008. As Soma mentions on his blog , he made the announcements at TechEd Developer Europe today. The highlights: Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 are expected to ship before the end of November With Visual Studio 2008, license restrictions...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPCs Reissued

    If you previously downloaded the Beta 2 VPC for Visual Studio 2008, the OS used for that instance has an expiration of November 1, 2007. (Note that this only affects the VPCs, not the setup packages, so if you installed VS2008 on your own OS partition, you're fine.) Jeff Beehler has a detailed post on...
  • Blog Post: Want Multiple Monitor Support in Visual Studio 10? Speak Up!

    My friend and Team System coauthor Noah Coad has just posted a great article about the issues and opportunities around supporting multiple monitors with the version of Visual Studio after 2008. Noah's on the VS team and is asking for your feedback, so this is a prime opportunity to help shape the functionality...
  • Blog Post: Code Camp 8 - My Session Materials

    Thanks to everyone who attended Code Camp 8 this weekend! I received feedback from many people that the quality of the sessions at this camp was one of the best. I'll post a more detailed summary later, but I wanted to give a link to the materials from my two sessions: Visual Studio 2005 Tips, Tricks...
  • Blog Post: Bob & Chris' MSDN Roadshow - September Edition!

    We're at it again! My colleague Bob and I are heading out for round three of our Roadshow. It (and we) will run from September 10th through the 20th, sweeping through the following cities, leaving a wake of toppled water glasses and technical enlightenment in its path: Burlington, VT Rochester...
  • Blog Post: A Guide to the Newly-Released Developer Updates

    Though I managed to sneak away for some vacation time this week, it's clearly been a busy time for the product teams. Here's a summary of the recently-released betas and updates with links for more information: Silverlight Silverlight 1.0 Release Candidate ( windows | mac ) Silverlight 1.1 Alpha Refresh...
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