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  • Blog Post: VS Gallery Gets New Features!

    I was just going around and talking about the VS Gallery on our European Tour, and on last Friday, we have added several new features. Since Anthony did such a great job in summarizing the new features, let me quote him here: --- Start of Quote --- Today we release a new set of needed features that will...
  • Blog Post: Stop 6 (Final Stop): Budapest, Hungary

    On Thursday, we had our last VSX European Tour event at the Microsoft office in Budapest. It was wasn't just a talk for a user group this time. It was a half day event focused specifically on VSX. Sandor Nacsa from the Budapest office helped us set up the event. We had the pleasure of sharing the day...
  • Blog Post: Stop 5: Prague, Czech Republic

    Our European Tour has brought us to Prague on Monday. This was the first time for me to visit Prague and I was completely blown away by the beauty of this city. I thought Paris was beautiful; Prague is even more beautiful (to me anyway)! In the afternoon, we met with 5 Developer Evangelists from the...
  • Blog Post: Stop 4: Zurich, Switzerland

    With the help of Rolf and Susan who organized the event, Jean-Marc and I presented to a user group in Zurich yesterday evening in a 3 hour session. We were somewhat disappointed at the low attendance - we only had about 20 people. But the audience was very engaged, so quality made up for the lack of...
  • Blog Post: Stop 3: Munich, Germany

    We are in Deutschland now and we visited the Microsoft Technology Center at Munich yesterday. It was a very nice set of buildings, and the meeting rooms are much more impressive than building 41 back in Redmond. They have multiple projectors and multiple LCD screens in the meeting room. Fancy.  ...
  • Blog Post: Update from Brussels

    You may have already seen my post about out session at Brussels. Sven Cipido from Ordina has just sent me some more pictures taken during our Brussels section, so I wanted to post them here. Jean-Marc and I in Ordina's office for Vsug.be.   See his entire photo collection of this event here .
  • Blog Post: Stop 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Bikes, lots of bikes. And trams too. Then there are also motorcycles, scooters, and cars. You better watch where you are walking while you are in Amsterdam! That was my first impression of this spectacularly amazing and energetic city! Jean-Marc and I arrived in Amsterdam to speak at DevDays. We spent...
  • Blog Post: Stop 1: Brussels, Belgium

    Yesterday in Brussels, we made our first of a series of presentations in our European tour. I met up with Jean-Marc in the morning at the Microsoft office in Brussels. We ran through our preparation work one more time to make sure we have everything ready. At noon, our host Katrien from DPE took us out...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta & European Tour Kickoff!

    Earlier today, we shipped the matching VS 2008 SDK for VS 2008 Sp1 Beta . We are calling this VS 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta, and it is available for download immediately here . Today, Jean-Marc and I are also kicking off the VSX European Tour in Brussels, Belgium! Over the next 3 weeks, we will be traveling...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta and Updates

    Today, we release the Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1 Beta. This service pack is particularly important for Visual Studio extenders because they can test it and report any compatibility problems with their extensions. You can find the downloads are at the following locations: The download pages: ·...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Visual Studio Gallery

    If you missed Soma's blog post from this morning, we are launching the Visual Studio Gallery today. This is the one-stop shop where you can find all the Visual Studio extensions to install, and you can also publish your own Visual Studio extensions to the community. This launch is very exciting for our...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 SDK and VS Shell runtimes available!

    We are finally here! Following right on the heels of the VS 2008 release announcement yesterday, we are now announcing the availability of the VS 2008 SDK 1.0 release and the VS Shell (integrated mode) and the VS Shell (isolated mode) runtimes. It's really great to get these releases out the door...
  • Blog Post: VB Pack for VS 2005 SDK 4.0

    In case you didn't see our announcement on the team blog , we have just posted the VB Pack for VS 2005 SDK 4.0 last Friday. With this add-on to the VS 2005 SDK, you will now be able to develop your own VS Packages in Visual Basic. We have also converted almost all the managed samples in the VS SDK to...
  • Blog Post: VS 2008 SDK August CTP released!

    Our team just released the VS 2008 SDK August CTP late yesterday. This is very similar to the July CTP that we posted a week ago, but with some very small, targeted bug fixes that address two of the three key issues I brought up in my previous post in regards to VS Shell development. Specifically, ...
  • Blog Post: VS SDK for Orcas Beta 1 (April CTP) is now available

    Our team is happy to bring you the latest VS SDK that matches Visual Studio Orcas Beta 1 that was released last week. You can download it immediately from http://www.vsipmembers.com . What We Have Done · All samples have now been updated to work with "Orcas" Beta 1, and have been converted (where...
  • Blog Post: Webcast: Do-It-Yourself Tools Inside Visual Studio (May 3, 2007 at 9 am PST)

    Don Demsak (MVP) will be doing a webcast on Visual Studio Extensibility on Thursday, May 3rd. Don is the main driver behind the XPathmania project, and XPathmania is the winning entry in our Visual Studio Extensibility contest last year. he will be showing how he built this great tool in this Webcast...
  • Blog Post: Introducing.... our first preview release of the Orcas SDK!

    Right on the heels of last week's VS 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM release, our team is bringing you the first preview release of the Orcas SDK! It is available for immediate download here (login required). A few important notes about this release of the SDK: This version of the SDK must be used with the...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM is here!

    We are really excited to announce that the VS SDK team has just taken the wraps off of the Visual Studio 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM release ! This is the final release on the VS 2005 platform. You can download it immediately from the Microsoft Download Center . The highlights to this release are: Visual...
  • Blog Post: We shipped again! Here is the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP!

    Hey fellow developers, It gives me great pleasure to announce that our team has just released the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP. You can go download this immediately from the here . Here are the highlights to this release: New Toolbar Combo Box sample - demonstrates how to add various types of...
  • Blog Post: SlickEdit Gadgets for VS 2005

    The folks over at SlickEdit has just released a set of cool tools for Visual Studio 2005. They call them "Gadgets", but they are what we would call Power Toys. The set of Gadgets include the following: Editor Gadgets - a collection of utilities to dazzle up the Visual Studio editor experience...
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