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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 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: Launch event wrapping up

    I just finished with my Chalk Talk session , and the launch event is winding down. Folks are heading over to the Launch party at 7 pm, but I will be flying home tonight. My session went well. Typically, chalk talks don't get much attendance, and I was expecting 20-30 people. But in this case, every single...
  • 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: 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: Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A more Advanced Guide

    Since I made the last blog post on upgrading , I have received some good feedback that it was useful for basic scenarios. Unfortunately, there are some scenarios that sometimes the steps that I presented didn't work because of hard dependency on Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.dll. In this blog post...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Book on VSX

    I got pinged by Keyvan today. He and I have never met before, but he told me that he is in the process of writing a book on VSX, and would like our team to review it. My response is: OF COURSE! It's awesome to see that there are developers in the VSX Community who are doing that. In case you are interested...
  • 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: DevTeach in Vancouver, BC this week

    It's been a weird month for me. I counted that I have only been in the office for 5 days in November! I have spent 1 week in Barcelona for TechEd, 1 week of vacation, short Thanksgiving week and 1 week in Vancouver for DevTeach. We are at DevTeach in Vancouver, BC this week. Ken delivered the DevTeach...
  • 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: 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...
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