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  • Blog Post: Download Visual Studio 2010 Express Editions

      Hey folks,   Visual Studio Express Editions are now live and available for download!     Express Versions The Visual Studio Express family is unchanged from 2008 as it comes in four flavors Visual Web Developer 2010 Express Visual Basic 2010 Express Visual C# 2010 Express Visual...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 Cheat Sheet

    Hey folks, Visual Studio 2010 Beta 1 is now available for the world to download and here's your cheat sheet of links you'll want to know about Download: Visual Studio Team System Beta 1, Web installer , VSTS Beta 1 ISO , .NET Framework 4.0 Beta 1 Readme : VSTS Readme Installation Tips &...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

      Available now on Amazon.com for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book , Coding4Fun 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, World of Warcraft, YouTube, and More officially released to the world last week. Unlike your typical .NET development book, Coding4Fun is about learning how to use your...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Community Meetup at PDC

    As Sara mentioned in the CodePlex blog, we're having a CodePlex meetup at PDC on Wednesday from 1:30 - 2:30pm where volunteers will be able to show off their Codeplex projects and you'll be able to check out demos of new CodePlex features and give the CodePlex team feedback on what they're delivering...
  • Blog Post: Opening the kimono on Windows 7

    Today we officially announced that PDC is the first time Microsoft will be discussing Windows 7 in-depth. The big announcements are that: Steve Sinofsky will keynote on Tuesday at PDC There are 21 sessions on Windows 7 at PDC on everything from kernel, audio, graphics, networking, and more. All PDC attendees...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Goes Beta

    Congrats to the Popfly team for moving Popfly Game Creator from alpha to Beta and adding a bunch of handy features. For the full rundown, check out the Popfly Team Blog . Here's a few of my favorite features Inserting images into a game Alpha (before) : You had to manually build XAML and manually upload...
  • Blog Post: We want to hear your stories

    Hey folks, if you've built some cool project, the Non-Pro team wants to hear from you! Send them an email !    
  • Blog Post: Goodbye to Bill Gates Links

    Yes, it's Bill's last day, here's a collection of videos for your viewing pleasure: Channel 9: Bill Gates: Transitioning into the Future Channel 9: This Week on Channel 9 with Jeff Sandquist and Bill Gates stories Channel 9: 'Softies share their Bill Gates stories MS PressPass: Bill Gates Looking Backing...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates Transition Interview on Channel 9

    In case you haven't heard, this week is BillG's last week as a full-time Microsoft employee as he transitions to working full-time at his foundation. Sure, he'll still be the Chairman of the board and there are some projects that he will work with directly, but it is still a bit weird to think about...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Express 2008: Now in two flavors

    As I blogged about on Channel 9 earlier (I love that we can have text *and* video posts now), SQL Server 2008 RC0 is now available for download . On the download page, you may have noticed that there are two versions of SQL Server Express SQL Server 2008 Express SQL Server 2008 Express with Advanced...
  • Blog Post: Jeff Sandquist on Microspotting

    Ariel interviews Jeff Sandquist , my manager on scary VPs and the dfiference between evangelists and apologists .   Best quote: "When I first started here, I was terrified of the higher ups. They were almost like Santa Claus — these mythical figures running these billion dollar businesses...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator Alpha Launches!

    Popfly Game Creator Alpha launches today and It's amazing. Kudos to Adam Nathan as he's really shown how Silverlight can build incredibly rich applications. I can only imagine what he'll do when Popfly moves to Silverlight 2! Here's the Channel 9 interview with Adam building three Popfly games from scratch...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh Launches

    Live Mesh is a new technology and platform that enables synchronization and storage "to the cloud." It was officially unveiled tonight and lots of the usual suspects are providing their thoughts including Robert Scoble , Kip Kniskern from LiveSide , TechCrunch , and of course Mary Jo Foley who also provides...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Spam Video Filter Beta Launched

    In an on-going effort to ensure that Channel 9 videos only display appropriate content, the Channel 9 Dev Team recently ported the spam feature to filter existing video content. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised by the results of our first tests using some of the more popular C9 video clips. The...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Nominated for C|Net WebWare 100!

    Kudos to the Popfly team for being nominated to C|Net's Webware 100 ! If you like Popfly, as John mentions , go out and vote for them
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Interesting Nuggets from the Microsoft GDC Keynote

    The US video game industry revenue is now $18 Billion and continues to grow. Games have not only surpassed the movie industry, they have also surpassed the music industry (source: Jupiter Research) 7 different Xbox titles sold over 1MM units in the 2007 holiday season Xbox has the highest number of games...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark: Free Microsoft software for students

    DreamSpark is a new program that launched today (Feb 18th) at Stanford Univ. with Bill Gates giving the keynote. If you're a student you get Windows Server 2003 Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition Microsoft Expression Studio including FrontPage Expression...
  • Blog Post: This Week on Channel 9: Feb 15 with Special guest Scott Hanselman

      We had lots of laughs in the studio with Scott this week! Here's the show recap: - We have a new logo (courtesy of Lincoln Anderson at 352 Media ) and Scott Hanselman joins us in-studio (0 - 1:45) - Microsoft Entertainment and Devices acquires Danger Inc for consumer mobile phones (1:35 - 3:38...
  • Blog Post: The Bill Gates Interview

    I'm such a huge Bill Gates fan, not only for his technical and business brilliance, but for all of the work his foundation has done. That's why when Jeff Sandquist and Charles Torre told me I was going to be interviewing Bill, I was....beside myself. The interview went well (in that I didn't pee my pants...
  • Blog Post: Episode 1 of our Weekly Recap Show is up

    Kudos to Brian for editing everything last night, I think he's sleeping on my couch right now, but our video is now live , check it out as we go through lots in this episode Episode #1 Recap MSDN Code Gallery went Live (found on Greg Duncan's Cool Thing of the Day blog) Jason...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: Rock Star Developer for Channel9/10

    If you're a rock star developer that loves to develop Web applications using ASP.NET, then you owe it to yourself to check out the opening on Duncan's team . You'll work directly on writing code to support some of the highest trafficked developer communities in the world for a fun and laid back team...
  • Blog Post: Moving to the Channel9 Team!

    This week I officially became the newest member to Jeff Sandquist's Channel9 team ! Here's my quick-and-dirty interview on Channel9 . I'm really excited to be on the team and yes, I am not afraid to go back to Stage 1 - Incompetence in the new employee stages.
  • Blog Post: Popfly makes PC World's Top 25 Most Innovative Products!

    I'm late on this, but BIG kudos to the Popfly team for having the sole Microsoft entry in PC World's Top 25 Most Innovative products ! Here's a snippet from the article: Microsoft Popfly Innovation: Lets you use Microsoft's Silverlight platform to create Web mashups. Benefit: Though Popfly...
  • Blog Post: AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft now available!

    I'm proud to announce that AddOn Studio for World of Warcraft is now available to download from CodePlex ! This was one of those personal projects done in my "free" time, but its amazing to see how well it turned out, kudos to our extensibility team and to the amazing folks at EPAM for building...
  • Blog Post: Top 15 Things to love about Visual Studio 2008 Express

    Visual Studio Express 2008 is now available for download !!   Our new Web site is http://www.microsoft.com/express !   Below are my top 15 things to love about Visual Studio Express 15. Free hosting for client-based Web sites with Popfly Explorer Using the Popfly Explorer Add-On , you can now...
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