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  • Blog Post: Testing Community Based Open Source projects for corporations

    John's blog postings on testing open source projects where recently picked up by Mary Jo . Not bad PR for the work our team has been doing and good lessons to read if your team is looking at taking components open. Our team has learned many lessons about the open source world since we released our first...
  • Blog Post: Good hire by Sandy & Crew... Yag goes to work on Communities

    Yag, a fixture in the foxpro/data community, has decided to take on the challenge of architecting community platform infrastructure at Microsoft. This means that he’ll get to hear at lot more of my griping and brain farts than he did when he was in the same division as me. :-) I can only see upside...
  • Blog Post: When will other products be as responsive?

    Here is a mail from one of my blog readers about our responsiveness during Whidbey. I'm hoping that our product groups will be just as, if not more, responsive during Orcas. Want to know how to increase your teams customer sat... -----Original Message----- From: <snip> Sent: Monday, March...
  • Blog Post: The importance of setting good examples

    http://teamsystemrocks.com/blogs/mickey_gousset/archive/2006/01/06/590.aspx Given that, I shot an email off to Soma expressing my appreciation, but I didn't necessarily expect to hear back right way, if at all. And now comes the part where I say Microsoft is becoming more open. I received a...
  • Blog Post: Good Feedback on VS 2005 Documentation

    [ Via Mickey ] If you have installed Visual Studio 2005, and have not checked out the documentation included with it, then you need to. Go to: Start->All Programs->Microsoft Visual Studio 2005->Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Documentation This new documentation app has a couple of...
  • Blog Post: 10 Reasons to Love Microsoft

    I read a lot of the Weblogs, Inc Network content. Its just good stuff and they hire good bloggers. Amongst all the hatred you experience as a Microsoft employee it's nice to see a post more in line with the holiday spirit. Though the comments aren't as nice as the post... at least the post was positive...
  • Blog Post: Rob Caron Attempts to Define Community

    I have a lot of respect for everything that Rob and the Team System crew has accomplished top to bottom in the "Community Space". In his most recent blog post Rob attempts to define what he considers the community space, the impact its had on our releases, and how our transparency has helped eliminate...
  • Blog Post: Cross Posted Top MSDN Forum Users and Forums for June

    This is cross posted from the announcement on the MSDN Forums I just made . Who's posted the most replies marked as answers from the end of May to June? Who are the domain experts? Here is the June view of top forum users! In June (5/20-6/30) Top Answerers Across the MSDN forums are... David M. Kean...
  • Blog Post: Blown Away by our Customers

    I haven't yet figured out exactly why certain posts become more popular than others. I never really expected much of a response from this . I cross posted it over at Channel9 because the customer creativity there that inspired me to open up our teams internal logo competition in the first place. Now...
  • Blog Post: Another Believer: "Microsoft Does Listen"

    Thanks to Rob Caron , who forwarded this to me. Via Jeff Putz In a post from Tom Arnold , PM and ninja for VSTS Test, he says in response to my post that the stuff I didn't like about the testing stuff will be fixed in beta 2. Rock on. That's good news. In particular I hope that they deal with the clickable...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Hacks Book

    Today James Avery announced that his book , Visual Studio Hacks, will be published by O'Reilly and available in February or March. "I can finally announce the book I have been working on for so long. The book is called Visual Studio Hacks and is being published by O'Reilly. You are probably familiar...
  • Blog Post: Hearing Voices

    http://weblogs.asp.net/scottdockendorf/archive/2005/01/11/350765.aspx "See, our voices are heard throughout the Microsoft community (and product teams) Through the MSDN Product Feedback Center, Bob Willer requested debugging support in Unit Tests in Whidbey . Microsoft's response: Thanks for submitting...
  • Blog Post: We Got Your Back: Measuring Success

    One reason that my team (Developer Division Customer Connection Team) exists is to ultimately raise developer satisfaction. Its our belief that we can effect satisfaction by improving the product group team connections with their customers. Its always hard to measure the short term success of these efforts...
  • Blog Post: Recent Developer Community Wins

    Internally I try and send out mails that recognize cool contributions Microsoft people have made to the community every other month. In the latest issue I wrote a little poem to go with the mail. It's been suggested that I post this to my blog as well. Some of the "Community Wins" are posted to my community...
  • Blog Post: Enter to Win the Bug of the Week Award

    I took some heat before for suggesting that people should file their bugs against the VS Betas on the Feedback Center as part of the Smart Client bug reporting challenge. I guess I'm a glutton for punishment because I'm going to link the our ongoing "Bug of the Week" competition that kicked off last...
  • Blog Post: Smart Client Bug Reporting Challenge

    Smart Client Bug Reporting Challenge " Calling all smart client developers! Want to win a cool Visual Studio .NET branded backpack or T-shirt? Want to help the Windows Forms team ship an amazing product? If so, come enter the Bug Reporting Challenge Contest. It’s super simple—you find a bug in Windows...
  • Blog Post: Combined RSS Feed for Leadership Team Blogs

    Earlier I posted about the Developer Division organizational leads blog page. One of the complaints we received was that the page did not have an RSS feed that combined the posts from all the leaders. Kent changed the aggregation code to support that feature and now you can just subscribe to the DevDiv...
  • Blog Post: Devdiv Leadership Team Speaks

    Yesterday our VP, Soma, quietly announced a mini-project I was involved with after a conversation only a week ago about how his blog was going. Highlighting and aggregating the feeds of the Devdiv leaders certainly won't win any innovation awards, but hopefully it puts some more eyes on these guys who...
  • Blog Post: Add-in Contest winners announced!

    A while back I sent mentioned this add-in development contest being sponsored by Roy (Who is now an MVP!) The community judges just finished picking the winners. You can see all the entries and the source code that was submitted on this page . There were 19 entries submitted ranging from a simple macro...
  • Blog Post: Things that make you go, "Wow!"

    Via the VSData team blog I found this great community win . Craig explains how surprised he was that people at Microsoft were actively searching for feedback to respond to. “Kevin doesn't subscribe to my blog. He found it while doing a search at Feedster. This tells me that MS cares about...
  • Blog Post: Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Clause (or rather: We DO Listen)

    YAG, from the VSData team forwarded me this great post from Victor that highlights how our feedback system should work. Here are some good snippets: I highly encourage anyone playing with the Whidbey bits to take some time, register in the MSDN Product Feedback Center (a.k.a. LadyBug) and start...
  • Blog Post: All you have to do is ask

    Eric is looking for feedback on what Microsoft blogs have meant to customers . Like Eric, I've previously tried searching for this type of feedback about MS community engagement, but haven't just simply asked. Kudos to Eric for asking. Lots of great feedback is rolling in. And yes, we welcome negative...
  • Blog Post: Providing Timely Responses

    If Peter had started this petition three years ago (for something else of course) I wonder if anyone at Microsoft would have listened. If they did I'm not sure what the response might have been. I'm pretty sure that the responses wouldn't have been as timely and that customers wouldn't have been invited...
  • Blog Post: One Month after VB Power Pack Release

    Releasing the VB Power Pack source to developers seems to have been a good move. Robert highlights everything that has been accomplished so far. It's only been a month! [Via Robert Green ] It’s been a little over a month since we shipped the Power Pack. As of this morning, the controls have...
  • Blog Post: The Importance of Transparency

    Olivier, from the MSCommunity Blog, forwarded me this comment from Scobles blog . One of the most important things I have seen over the last 1+ years is an increase in the "personal" relationships with microsoft employees. Whether this has been through blogs or other means (PDC, TechEd, etc.) giving...
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