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  • 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: VS Shell Customization Points

    Following up on my last post about VS Shell workarounds with the current VS SDK, I wanted to make a post about the customizations that you can do with the VS Shell. Most of these are done through the <projectname>.pkdef file that gets generated when you create a new VS Shell project. The primary...
  • 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: TechEd 2007, VS 2008 Shell, VS SDK

    Several things happened over the last couple of days. Last Friday, we released VS Orcas SDK June CTP . This is our second CTP release that targets the VS Orcas SDK Beta 1 release. Then, yesterday TechEd 2007 kicked off at Orlando. Several of my teammates ( Aaron Marten , Douglas Hodges, Ken Levy , Anthony...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...
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