James @ MS

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    VS 2005 SDK 4.0 RTM is here!

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    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 ...
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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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    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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    We shipped again! Here is the VS SDK 4.0 December CTP!

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    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...
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    Upgrading VS 2005 Packages to VS 2008: A Basic Guide

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    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...
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    SlickEdit Gadgets for VS 2005

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    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...
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    Customer Experience Program in Whidbey

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    Hello World! This is my first blog on MSDN - so I am going to take this opportunity to talk about the new Customer Experience Program in Whidbey. Internally, the Customer Experience Program is known as SQM (Software Quality Metrics). It is basically...
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    Visual Studio IDE Team Blog

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    BTW, in case you don't already know: we have started an IDE team blog. You can go to http://blogs.msdn.com/vside/ to read it. I hope more people from my team will post to it soon. The feedback you give on that blog will be sent to the entire team. Feel...
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    Registration Benefits

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    Thanks for your feedback on registration. I have heard a variety of feedback, ranging from: “Hell no, I won't register even if you shoot me.” to “Let me know what I will get from it and I will register.” In Whidbey, we are...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Settings Trick

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    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...
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    Are you going to register your copy of Visual Studio?

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    Dear Customers, I have a question for all of you: why do you register Visual Studio? We are currently crafting the registration experience for you in Whidbey. In the past, you were asked to register the product at the end of setup for one time only...
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    It's Here... VS 2005 SDK ver. 3.0 RTM

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    On behalf of the VS Ecosystem team, I am pleased to announce that we have just shipped the VS SDK v3 RTM release! This is a major milestone as this release will enable many new scenarios for our partners. It is available for immediate download . ...
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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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    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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    Just Shipped! VS SDK v3 August CTP

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    We have just posted the VS SDK v3, August CTP release on http://www.vsipmembers.com . Two major items are: MPLEX/MPPG - this stands for Managed Package Lexar and Managed Package Parser Generator. These are essentially counterparts for FLEX/Bison...
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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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    Our Community Plan

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    With the release of VS SDK 3.0 a couple of weeks ago, we are starting to look seriously into the enthusiast space for VS Extensibility. We have posted the SDK on a publicly downloadable site so developers don't need to join the VSIP program before downloading...
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    Whidbey, Gadgets and VS Ecosystem

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    It's been a long time since I have touched this blog. I promise I will do a better job at keeping my blog alive moving forward. So since the last time I posted here (which has almost been 2 years), I have been focusing on helping the IDE team ship...
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    VS SDK v3 July CTP released & more screencasts

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    I am happy to announce that we just released the VS SDK v3 July CTP last night. In this release, we bring you updated documentation, samples, wizards, IronPython web projects, etc. This release is available for immediate download on the http://www.vsipmembers...
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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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    VS SDK for Orcas Beta 1 (April CTP) is now available

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    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...
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    Building VS Shell with VS 2008 SDK July CTP

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    Since we shipped the VS SDK July CTP a couple of days ago, we have discovered a couple of issues that makes building your own VS Shell not as easy as we had hoped. I wanted to document all these issues and the workarounds here to unblock anyone who is...
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    VS SDK Screencast

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    One of my colleagues, Patrice Pelland, just posted two VS SDK screencasts on channel 9 today. It takes 5 mins to watch one of them and you will see really how easy it is to build on VS! You see them here: http://channel9.msdn.com/tags/VS+SDK
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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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    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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