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  • Blog Post: Farewell...

    It's with a touch of sadness that I'm announcing that I'll be leaving the Developer Advisor team here at Microsoft Canada ( as foreshadowed in the previous video ). This is going to be an exciting opportunity as I'll be moving on to a new role in Redmond, representing and supporting developers worldwide...
  • Blog Post: A solution to hard drive space problems

    As the proliferation of media (music, video, etc.), project files and programs continues to grow, so does the headache of managing your hard disk drive space. If you're anything like me, you're probably frustrated in always archiving data just to make space on your hard drive without knowing where exactly...
  • Blog Post: Get Support From The VSTS Product Team

    Do you have a pressing issue or do you have any questions about Team System? Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group to discuss features available in Team Foundation Server, Team Suite, Architecture Edition, Development Edition, Database Edition, and Test Edition. In addition, discuss...
  • Blog Post: Great Install Experience With Expression Web 2 Beta

    Shortly after reading Mike Ormond 's blog post about Microsoft Expression Web v2 Beta, I decided to download and install the latest bits. Aside from the numerous improvements that have been cited here , here , here , here , and here , I was immediately impressed by the install experience. Here are a...
  • Blog Post: What skills are major game development companies looking for?

    Are you interested in or thinking about entering the job market as a game developer? I recently attended the Academic Days on Game Development in Computer Science Education Conference which provided some interesting facts. At the conference, Electronic Arts , Blizzard , Bungie and Garage Games revealed...
  • Blog Post: Cool Offer and Information for Canadian Web Designers

    If you use FrontPage (or you know someone who uses FrontPage) - we have good news for you if you are considering upgrading your toolset. Expression Web provides a really solid Web authoring tool to create and maintain sites based on standards-compliant code. I have a non-technical friend (a theatre producer...
  • Blog Post: Windows Live SkyDrive in Canada!

    Windows Live SkyDrive is now available in Canada and will provide you up to 5 GB of free storage space! Do you have problems carrying large files around or maybe source code (or other assets)? Then I'd recommend that you look at this solution. It's a great alternative to a USB key - no matter where you...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft DreamSpark in Canada - No Cost Software for Students!

    We have just announced a new program called Microsoft DreamSpark which provides professional development and design tools to students in Canada (and around the World) at no charge. The official launch date for Canada is February 21st. Our team is really committed to help support and advance their learning...
  • Blog Post: Guest Blogger: MVP Award Program - What is it all about? (Part 1 of 2)

    Hello Canadian Developers, By the way of introduction, my name is Sasha Krsmanovic and I am the MVP Lead for Canadian MVPs. Your developer advisors asked me to publish a few posts here in order to introduce the MVP Award Program to Canadian Developers. You have seen some of these individuals ‘spotlighted...
  • Blog Post: Quick Troubleshooting Tip #1: Ask the Experts on the Microsoft Forums

    During the course of developing websites (or any software development project for that matter), it's quite natural to encounter errors and problems that you can't solve right away or you need additional expertise to help troubleshoot it. There are two great places that can help you get your technical...
  • Blog Post: David Hu, WarPong and XNA

    One of the amazing stories to come out of X07 Canada is that of David Hu (shown below on the right, beside David Flook), a grade 10 student from Toronto who created a cool XNA game called WarPong. His story has spread throughout the blogosphere including prominent magazines such as Wired , Blog New Channel...
  • Blog Post: On Innovation and the Process of Coming Up with Great Ideas

    It seems to me that almost every technology publication these days is talking about how innovative Company X is, how non-innovative Company Y is and how innovation is the difference between what makes a company good or great. I would also argue that public perception of how sound a company appears to...
  • Blog Post: MatchIt.ca - Where Technology and Citizenship Meet

    Before joining Microsoft, I used to work with many non-for-profits and charitable organizations. There is a huge demand out there for technical help in different capacities - I used to do a host of odd jobs like helping setting up networks, replacing defective video cards, setting up websites and so...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 7 Days

    In the next few blog posts, I'll set the stage to explain what the Imagine Cup is all about - then we'll start taking a look at some of the specific Canadian entries. The theme of this year’s Imagine Cup is "Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all." The first category in this...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Canada Development Center (MCDC)

    If you have been reading blogs by David Crow and Qixing ( or been looking at the news ), you would have heard that we are opening a software development center in Vancouver. In my opinion, this is really great news - there has been a lot of positive traction happening for Canadian developers on the west...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

    Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 has been released today! Here is the link if you want to download the bits . I'd highly recommend the Virtual PC image - if you opt for the full install, you should use a test machine, don't install it on a production machine (although it looks and feels rock solid - it's still...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 9 Days

    The theme for this year's Imagine Cup is Education - the challenge is "Imagine a world where technology enables a better education for all." (the themes year after year are similar in one way - they challenges students to thing of ways that software can be used in citizenship and improve people's lives...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Imagine Cup Korea - T-Minus 10 Days

    This year, I will be travelling to Seoul, South Korea with 9 Canadian finalists as part of the Imagine Cup challenge. I feel very privileged to have been picked to accompany these really talented students to cheer them on! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Imagine Cup , it is one way we are...
  • Blog Post: Happy Birthday Visual Studio!

    Believe it or not, March 19th marks the 10th anniversary "decennial" of Visual Studio 97, the first release of the product. The news was announced onstage at VSLive! in San Francisco on March 26th. Rob Caron has posted additional details on his blog . I remember buying a copy of VS 97 and being really...
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