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    Sopranos and Big Love...a tale of two tales

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    Kim and I watched the season finale of both The Sopranos and Big Love last night. What a contrast! The Sopranos ended with the customary, predictable whimper despite leaving many story lines die or defer (think potential terrorist gun shipments, Paulie...
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    Introductions

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    Welcome!! Getting introductions out of the way... I'm Chris Treadaway, a Business Manager in the Developer Marketing Group at Microsoft. I'm specifically responsible for Visual Studio retail products, most notably Visual Studio Professional, Tools for...
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    Putting Faces to Names

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    If you're going to read my blog, you might as well see a picture of me and my better half. I'm on the left, my better half is on the right. We're getting married in late October in Austin. I'll periodically go around the office & take pictures...
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    Chris's Expression Launch...Zicam, Kudos, and the new Designer Business

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    What an exciting few days!! We announced the future of Expression on Monday and we’ve gotten overwhelming support & kudos from industry observers. Customers love the products – Expression Web and the previews of the other Expression products. Analysts...
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    The BCS works...at least in 2006

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    No doubt about it...I am a huge SEC college football (US) fan. I'll just go ahead and admit that.before I get accused of playing favorites. But seriously...who wanted to see an Ohio State-Michigan rematch? Not this guy. I'm not crazy about the Gators...
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    Here We Are!!

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    Today, we announced just about everything we know about the Expression Studio – new product names, new user interfaces, pricing, licensing options, upgrade eligibility, and probably most importantly, our lasting commitment to the designer market. Over...
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    On Scale & Complexity...1 of many

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    After almost ten years in the startup world, I joined Microsoft in January '05. In year here so far, perhaps my toughest adjustment has been to the size and scale of this organization. It never ceases to amaze me how many customers we are fortunate enough...
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    The online disinhibition effect

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    One of my colleagues and business school classmates Christopher Griffin forwarded me an interesting article from the New York Times on the "online disinhibition effect." In layman's terms, it is our willingness to be rude to people we don't know personally...
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    Definition of Insanity

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    You know what they say about the definition of insanity...it's doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. I guess that's why I should just rip the name off my blog altogether or broadly generalize it. First some context...
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    The King is Dead...Long Live the King!

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    Working at Microsoft is probably not unlike working anywhere else. We're furiously working on numerous projects that culminate in a defining event. Once such an event passes, we move on to the next. No rest for the weary. Such is the software/internet...
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    Random Musings is the least I owe for almost four months of silence

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    sorry...sorry...sorry...sorry I've been out of the loop for a long, long time. Certainly now the only people reading my blog are my wife and my mother...thanks to you both your checks are in the mail ;-) All I can say is that keeping up a blog is...
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    Chris' rant on social networks

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    As those of you who know me well know, I am a *huge* fan of social networking software. In business school, I floated a business plan to forcibly create a social network by mining users' Outlook contacts pretty much by force. Didn't work so much...something...
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    Observations from Day 1 @ Web 2.0 Summit

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    So I'm here with the junket of folks from Redmond who flew down to participate in what is perhaps the biggest Web 2.0 show of the year, the Web 2.0 Summit. For me it is somewhat of a factfinding mission -- I haven't done the event circuit for Microsoft...
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    Atlas, Facebook, and the new deal at Microsoft

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    So many of you who know me well probably know that I tend to "call 'em as I see 'em". You also probably know that I spent some time in 2002-2003 on an internet marketing business where I helped small businesses learn how to use Google Adwords to more...
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    Observations from two days of on-campus interviewing

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    If I've learned one thing from being at Microsoft for almost <gulp> 3 years now </gulp>, it is the fact that Microsoft offers a lot to MBAs and freshly-minted undergrads interested in developing or furthering a career on the Internet. Every...
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    2008 Tech Business Predictions, 43 days into the new year

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    I hope everybody out there is doing well. I've been noodling over predictions for 2008 for awhile, but it has been an "interesting" start to the year for our group so I've been busy with customers, partners, and other folks within Microsoft. So here goes...
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    Something out of my comfort zone, but worth a comment

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    So on two separate occasions over the last three days, I heard analysis so ridiculous I was forced to write a quick blog entry. It pertains to the iPhone SDK and the impact of Kleiner Perkins' $100m venture fund for iPhone apps. First of all, let me preface...
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    Sayonara Microsoft

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    After 3 years and 2 months here in Redmond, it's time for me to get back to my roots in the entrepreneurial world. My last day is today, March 14. It has been very interesting to be "an entrepreneur on the inside." I've met interesting people, visited...
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    Not your everyday office party

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    So our office party was Thursday night..great timing too because it happened during one of the worst storms to ever hit the Pacific Northwest . My colleague Ian Peacock and our wives drove back to Seattle from the Eastside just about at the beginning...
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    Odds and Ends

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    Happy belated new year!!! I've had a wacky start to the new year, hence my silence. My apologies. A few quick observations & thoughts I've been meaning to share with the world: The next big thing in software is WPF & WPF/e. No doubt about...
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    China - Land of Opportunity

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    Forest Key , our Director of Product Management, and I took a two week Asia trip to visit customers, partners, and MS folks at the end of January. The first stop was China...Beijing and then Shanghai. What a trip...I'll be blogging about this for the...
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    Well that was quick...

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    Just as I introduce myself, my role changes. Since I started at Microsoft in January, I was a Business Manager for all of Visual Studio at retail. Now that VS 2005 is out, I've changed roles in our team. I'm now the Business Manager for Visual Studio...
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    Put a little love in your heart

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    Alright…I have a joke for you, albeit a bad one without a punchline...but at least it starts the conversation. A designer, a developer, and an business analyst walk into an empty yet trendy bar and order a drink. The designer says, “what a beautiful...
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    On Complexity...I'm in heck right now

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    Working on some secret squirrel stuff right now...I promise I'll give you the rundown sometime soon when I can talk about it. Let's just say that Microsoft processes are optimized around the following: Minimizing a security problem with the software...
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    Good Sunday Reading

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    So I'm lounging around getting rid of my head cold, and I picked up John Stossel's Myths, Lies, and Stupidity... that I checked out from the Seattle Public Library a few weeks back. If you can get past his libertarian slant on pretty much everything,...
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