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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: 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: 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: 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: Visual Studio 2008 Feature Comparison Chart

    As Rob Caron points out, we just release the Visual Studio 2008 Feature Comparison Chart ( downloadable version ) which is ever-so-helpful when you need to point to a definitive reference when a feature is/is not in a SKU.
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Build and Publish Web Sites with Popfly Explorer Beta

    I'm back in Seattle after attending TechEd Europe earlier in the week. It was an absolute blast and thanks to everyone who came to the overflowed Popfly session! Tony Goodhew and I did demos in Soma's keynote, check out Patrik and Andrew's blogs for a recap on the keynote: Patrik Löwendahl's: ...
  • Blog Post: Part 1 of 5: What's in Visual Studio Express 2008 Beta 2

    This 5-part blog series will help you, dear reader, to understand what new features will be directly supported inside of Visual Studio Express 2008. In this post, I'll give a quick overview of the most common questions still asked about Express and then dive into some of the language enhancements coming...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express Beta 2 Available for download!

    Visual Basic Visual C# Visual C++ Visual Web Developer Express Are all now available for download for free!
  • Blog Post: TestDriven.NET and Express - Technical Information

    I quickly wanted to respond to questions or misconceptions raised in the comments of my previous blog post . A common question or misconception in the comments is saying that if didn’t want extensibility we should have provided technical limitations to prevent extensibility (see comments: 1 , 2 ,...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express and TestDriven.NET

    * Updated with follow up post on technical information in response to the comments. While I’m not a lawyer, my team owns Visual Studio Express and I wanted to respond to the concerns expressed by some over our recent communications with Jamie Cansdale of TestDriven.NET. TestDriven.NET is a 3rd party...
  • Blog Post: Facebook F8 Event Photos

    Mark Zuckerberg kicking things off Some insane stats, 12MM people return daily, 24+ million users, 40 billion page views Facebook provides you a Canvas that you can do anything with including full ASP.NET or Popfly applications Dan'l Lewin, Microsoft Corporate Vice President talking about Popfly and...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft + Facebook Partnership

    Today at Facebook F8, Corporate Vice President Dan'l Lewin announced a new partnership between Microsoft and Facebook. Popfly Facebook Block : Available immediately, we've added the Facebook block which prodices access to Facebook data including the User Profile, Friends, Photos, Photo Albums, and Events...
  • Blog Post: Podcast Interview on Visual Studio Express

    Jason and Dawn interviewed me for the PhiloKing podcast and it's now up ...it's of course me rambling about key features in Visual Studio "Orcas" Express, how we need to democratize development, why we do Express, and more.
  • Blog Post: Download Visual Studio Express Orcas - We need your Feedback

    We just released a Community Tech Preview download of Visual Studio Orcas Express, the next version of Visual Studio Express. Kudos to Doug for arguably the coolest beta page on MSDN ever (pictured above) We need your feedback As John mentions in his post, the big things we need feedback on are the Windows...
  • Blog Post: MS.com Home Page: Bill Gates, BDLC, and Visual Studio Express

    Kudos to Jacqueline for getting the Beginner Developer Learning Center and Visual Studio Express on the home page of Microsoft.com. Screenshot below :)
  • Blog Post: Learn HTML for free with For Dummies book on Beginner Developer Learning Center

    Yesterday we officially announced a partnership with Wiley Books, the creators of the "For Dummies" book series, to add 17 chapters from three popular book titles: Creating Web Pages All-in-One Desk Reference For Dummies – Whether you're opening an e-business or just want to show off the family...
  • Blog Post: Wiimote Library for Developers on Coding4Fun

    Brian Peek just published his latest article, a .NET library for easy programming of a Nintendo Wiimote controller . His article and project on Channel9 includes the full source code for the library and how he built everything. The cool part is of course how easy it is to use the library as shown below...
  • Blog Post: Learn How to Program - Beginner Developer Learning Center

    As Soma announced on his blog , we've now officially released the Beginner Developer Learning Center , the one place designed for learning software development fundamentals. The goal is to address the #1 request from our existing Express customers... more beginner content (more on that below), but we...
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Pushing the .NET Envelope

    Coding4Fun is off the hook lately! Check out these great apps that are pushing the envelope in fun and cool ways Scott Hanselman's Controlling a Microbric Viper Robot using Windows PowerShell Logo Yeah,PowerShell logo embedded into a Windows Form that can programatically control Robots. ( Video demo...
  • Blog Post: Windows Home Server for Hobbyist Developers

    A couple of weeks ago at CES, Charlie Kindel and team launched the newest version of Windows, Windows Home Server (WHS), a product aimed at making it easy for anyone, including mom, to setup an automated way to backup her PCs and to share pictures, movies and more. If you haven’t heard of Windows Home...
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