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    StickyNotes Professional Edition for Visual Studio

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    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...
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    Foldable Display

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    OLED displays are already awesome enough. Here is a foldable one that would even be cooler. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081125-blue-oleds-and-foldable-displays-on-tap.html Everyone wants a larger screen phone so they can better browsing...
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    Economic downturn requires a scorecard too?

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    For the past several months, we have been constantly bombarded by bad economic news. The massive evaporation of capital wealth on Wall Street makes for very depressing lunch time conversations. The rollercoaster ride of the Dow Jones index is making people...
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    After the Long Silence…

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    I have finally decided to change the name of my blog after radio silence for many weeks. The reason that I haven’t been blogging is that I have moved to a new team within Microsoft. In my new role, there isn’t much to blog about, since the project is...
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    Localized VS Shell (w/ SP1) Download Links

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    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...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Now Available

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    Yesterday, we posted the RTM release of Visual Studio 2008 Service Pack 1. The download links are below: Downloads Visual Studio 2008 SP1 .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 Visual Studio 2008 Express Editions with SP1 Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation...
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    How do I pick what features are included in my VS Shell (isolated) based application?

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    Since releasing the VS 2008 Shell (isolated), we have been working on service pack 1 with a number of significant improvements, including a reduced redistributable size. But the most common questions we hear from developers is "How do I go about...
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    Get a PLK or SLK without logging into VSIPMembers.com

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    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 .
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    VS Gallery Gets New Features!

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    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...
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    Stop 6 (Final Stop): Budapest, Hungary

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    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...
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    Stop 5: Prague, Czech Republic

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    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...
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    Stop 4: Zurich, Switzerland

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    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...
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    Stop 3: Munich, Germany

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    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...
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    Update from Brussels

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    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...
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    Stop 2: Amsterdam, Netherlands

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    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...
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    Stop 1: Brussels, Belgium

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    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...
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    VS 2008 SDK 1.1 Beta & European Tour Kickoff!

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    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...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta and Updates

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    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...
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    Launch event wrapping up

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    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...
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    Introducing Visual Studio Gallery

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    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...
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    HEROES happen {here}

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    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...
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    Bill Gates visits University of Waterloo

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    Not that this has anything to do with VSX directly, but I came across a news bit about Bill visiting my alma mater earlier today. You can view more photos and read more about his visit here . Personally, I think he looks pretty good in the U of Waterloo...
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    Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A more Advanced Guide

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    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...
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    Upcoming Book on VSX

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    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...
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    Source Code Outliner PowerToy is now available for VS 2008!

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    The popular Source Code Outliner PowerToy has been updated for VS2008. Get it now from MS Download Center !
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