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    Technical pros impressed with MSDN & TechNet Search

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    After several releases focused on improving our site search's usability and usefulness (see posts here and here ), and after seeing both the reaction to demos at TechEd and a few positive blog posts (like this one ), we felt like our search app was ready...
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    Codeplex Turns 2

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    The Codeplex team let us know a month ago on the actual date :) but since Soma blogged it , now everyone knows, including eWeek ... We're all pretty proud of our little open-source collaboration site that could. The team has a great internal reputation...
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    Should MSDN & TechNet get more narrow-minded? (the 90/10 rule)

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    Recent comments by Steve Ballmer are getting a good amount of attention. James Kendrick posts that what Steve is clueing into is the "90/10" rule that most people spend 90% of their time using 10% of a product's functionality. While this makes...
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    I am the Empire (new shirt)

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    Thanks to http://www.microspotting.com for my cool new bamboo T-shirt !
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    MSDN Bookmarking: 20,000 bookmarks. 2,000 users. 30 days.

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    Our social bookmarking preview got a fair bit of attention when it was announced back in May . We've been eager to see how technical professionals will use it, so we decided to take a snapshot and analyzed the first 30 days of data. First, some full disclosure...
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    MSDN and TechNet previews mobile forums, launches more improvements

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    Another update from our forums team shows how committed they are to rolling out user-driven improvements on a consistent basis. Believe it or not, this was a "between release" release. These guys are cranking hard. Here's the announcement ,...
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    Microspotting = a view into just how geeky we really are

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    Microspotting is a blog consisting of profiles of Microsofties. Why do I like it? It gives me hope that a weirdo like me still fits in here. And it paints a much more rounded picture of the Empire. Here's my fav, probably because it's by our uber-evangelist...
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    MSDN Wiki Rock Star: Thomas Lee

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    With as many community contributions to the MSDN library as half of the top contributors COMBINED , Thomas Lee has come to embody for us the reasons why we built this feature in the first place. Single-handedly, he's nearly created a 6th programming language...
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    Bookmarking Widget for MSDN and TechNet

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    We've finalized the script for a blog widget that you can add to your blog now. You can see it on the right under my bio. Here's the script: <a href="javascript:void(0);" onclick="javascript:window.open('http://social.msdn.microsoft...
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    you didn't think we were done, did you?

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    The social bookmarking preview got a lot of attention. So did the site redesign for MSDN and TechNet. But Dan Truax is starting today to explain why that's just the beginning. I'm betting that you won't hardly recognize these sites by the end of 2009...
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    No need to shout! Plus forums updates

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    An amusing video inspired by MSDN and TechNet's new focus on "kicking up the social volume" is over on YouTube (and Soapbox, embedded below). I think it tells the story of why community is critical for our sites in a just-annoying-enough-to...
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    What I heard at TechEd 2008

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    My biggest takeaway from interactions with lots of great people at TechEd was that not enough people know about what we're doing, which makes for great job security for an evangelist like me :) We have so much to do in helping you (the IT pro and developer...
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    TechEd 2008, feedback on subscriptions downloads UI requested

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    First day of TechEd 2008 (IT Pro week) is done. Day 2 ahead. I'll be doing a TechTalk in the fishbowl in a couple hours. I'll post the URL for that next time. Overall, reaction to what we're doing is positive. Many more people seem to "get it" this year...
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    Virtual Earth Update - wow

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    The new 3D rendering engine for Virtual Earth 3D is something else. I was flying over Vienna last night... it's a town I've always wanted to visit, and now, more than ever. 70TB of new images. That's a lot of pictures. Technorati Tags: virtual earth ...
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    MSDN and TechNet search: TechEd folks say it's worth another look

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    UPDATE: Chris Kilbourn has posted another good case study on TechNet search. I'm hearing from the folks on the floor at TechEd that our 3.0 release of search is getting raves. I can't wait to show it off next week to IT folks. Today, co-worker Jeff...
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    Stream of Developer Consciousness

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    I think we need to make a screensaver version of this. It's all the bookmarks that MSDN and TechNet visitors are saving using our new social bookmarking feature, floating by in a sideways-"Matrix-falling-bits-of-code" Silverlight thingy . Gratuitous?...
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    Channel9 dives into MSDN's social aspirations

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    Video posted yesterday featuring yours truly and my awesome colleagues goes into why we're doing social bookmarking and tagging and avatars and so on... We spend over 30 minutes expanding on Dan Truax's theme for our org: open the sites up to the community...
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    Foley blogs about MSDN's bookmarking

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    Mary Jo Foley picked up on our news about social bookmarking today. We're starting the release today to leave time to migrate dozens of forums to the new platform. Collective holding of breath around here today...
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    MSDN and TechNet facelift

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    John Martin explains the prettier look on MSDN and TechNet is a little more than a facelift... I'd love to get a bunch of comments on the colors though :) we did many rounds here about whether the red for MSDN was too much. It's grown on me and I quite...
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    MSDN becomes more social, and so do I...

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    Since my last post, I've been working as a PM on building the foundation for the announcement recently made by Dan Truax, the General Manager for the MSDN , TechNet , Expression , and CodePlex sites. I'm pretty excited about the work we're doing here...
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    New Vista Dev Center and Tech Center

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    Check out the new Vista centers we launched recently: Vista Dev Center , Vista Tech Center . I'm curious what you all think of the new tab control at the top. The long term vision is more apparent in the prototypes from my last post. We're moving in a...
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    Prototypes!

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    One of the first things we're trying to solve with the library is its isolation from the rest of the great content on MSDN and TechNet. For example, when I'm reading product documentation on Windows Server, how easy is it today to jump over to the KB...
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    What mode are you in?

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    Kicking things off here, I'd like to ask for general comments on how you use the library. I'd love to just collect some typical stories of how the library saved your skin, how it ticked you off, or what you wish it could do everytime you visit. ...
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