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  • Blog Post: StickyNotes Professional Edition for Visual Studio

    Our good friend Pablo Galiano has just released StickyNotes Professional Edition for Visual Studio over the holidays. You may think that the Professional Edition is just an improved version of the the previous free CTP edition , but it is actually totally different and improved. The original version...
  • Blog Post: Localized VS Shell (w/ SP1) Download Links

    Several developers have asked me whether we provide localized versions of the VS Shell. The answer is a resounding YES! Of course, it’s a little difficult to find the download links, so I have included them below:   Integrated Mode Isolated Mode English Link Link Japanese Link Link Korean Link Link...
  • Blog Post: Get a PLK or SLK without logging into VSIPMembers.com

    We know deploying your VS package can be a pain and there are often a lot of pain with getting a PLK. Now getting a PLK is a lot easier with the page we have launched here .
  • 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 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: 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: HEROES happen {here}

    I am in L.A. today and tomorrow, to attend and speak at the Visual Studio, SQL Server and Windows Server 2008 launch event. I feel very lucky to be able to participate in this historical event. This launch wave is the largest one ever for any developer / IT Pro based products. If you are not in L.A....
  • Blog Post: Source Code Outliner PowerToy is now available for VS 2008!

    The popular Source Code Outliner PowerToy has been updated for VS2008. Get it now from MS Download Center !
  • Blog Post: Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A Basic Guide

    Today, I heard several developers in the community experiecncing some trouble upgrading the VS 2005 package projects to VS 2008. So I took a look at what's going on and decided to blog about it here. Note that I am blogging about all the things that you need to do to migrate a very basic package project...
  • Blog Post: Barcelona, here we come!

    We put on a good show last week at the VSIP Summit & Developer Conference. We had lots of attendees, lots of sessions, and lots of good food :) We are wrapping up both the VS 2008 SDK on our team, and working with the rest of the Division to wrap up VS 2008 as well. A week from now, I will be flying...
  • Blog Post: Help with creating your first environment based on VS 2008 Shell (isolated mode)

    We know that it is a little difficult to use the VS 2008 SDK Aug. CTP to create your first environment based on the Shell. We are working to improve the development experience right now before we ship the final product before the end of this year. Right now, you can refer to this magazine article that...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming VSX Events

    I can't believe it's almost October, and our team is working on so many things right now. First, we are trying to wrap up the platform components that we own in the VS 2008 product, including the VS Shell redistributable pack pieces. It's actually a very exciting time for the Division right now as...
  • Blog Post: Important workaround for VS 2008 SDK July CTP for building VS Shell!

    Yesterday, we released the VS 2008 SDK that targets the Beta 2 release of Visual Studio. You can read all the details on our team blog . One of the most exciting things about this release is the ability for customers to build the VS Shell (isolated mode). Unfortunately, there is a last minute bug that...
  • Blog Post: Videos from TechEd 2007

    Our good PM, Ken Levy, has just posted several video interviews taken right on the TechEd show floor. The VS 2008 Shell is really getting a lot of buzz and they seem to have been inundated with questions about it. I am really excited about this new offering as well, and we are working hard to get it...
  • Blog Post: BlackBerry Plug-in for Visual Studio

    For those of you who don't know, I am a University of Waterloo alumus. Research In Motion's headquarters is located in Waterloo, right next to the university. In fact, I have spent a couple of internships at RIM, working on their device software on the BlackBerries. That's why it's particular interesting...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2005 Settings Trick

    When you start Visual Studio 2005 for the first time after installation, you will see the following dialog: Several people have been asking me about how they can bypass the Choose Your Environment Settings dialog when they first start up Visual Studio. There are a couple of reasons why you may...
  • Blog Post: Pimp your IDE!

    Since I posted my IDE Tips and Tricks blog entry , I have been getting a lot of emails from customers. They all tell me 2 things: 1. They love the article (this is good, I am happy) 2. Part of the code listing for generating the list of keyboard shortcuts is missing (this is bad, and I am not happy...
  • Blog Post: Another Visual Studio IDE Tip

    Paul Harrington, our good dev lead over on the IDE team has recently written a simple macro to solve a customer's problem. He was kind enough to let me know about this so I can share it with you. The customer wrote: Many of us work on multiple projects at the same time, and some of those have different...
  • Blog Post: VS 2005 IDE Tips and Tricks

    As some of you may know, I used to work in the Visual Studio IDE team before I joined the Ecosystem team. While I was there, I worked on various IDE features such as Visual Studio settings, Window Management, Command/Menus, Toolbox, Task List/Error List, Customer Experience Improvement program, etc....
  • 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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