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  • Blog Post: MVP Learnings: User Groups, Web Sites, and Feedback

    User Groups We do great at participating in our conferences, but we don’t focus on the breadth of developer user groups like we should. One of the better ideas was that we provide “presentation kits” to user groups. We create a topic and a talk with additional materials that could be distributed to a...
  • Blog Post: What I learned at the MVP Summit: DPE, MSDN Links, and Attention

    I spent a lot of time at the MVP summit this past year. My team doesn’t have any MVPs, but our work is obviously valuable to customers. I’ll thank the C# team for graciously inviting us to spend some time talking with their MVPs. I took a whole lot of notes that have already started to influence my thinking...
  • Blog Post: 2006 Microsoft Developer Out of Box Releases

    So Visual Studio 2005 shipped last year. We shipped a service pack in 2006, but in addition to working onthe service pack and the next version of Visual Studio team's in Developer Division have also shipped a lot of cool stuff "out of box". Here is a quick list I put together... Update #2: Forgot...
  • Blog Post: Nobody Reads Your Internal Site

    I hate to be the one to tell you this, but it's probably true. You know that slick site you put together on the intranet? The one you spent time brainstorming about so that every bit of information conveys what you want your teams to know. The one you spent countless hours re-organizing information on...
  • Blog Post: Kudos to MSDN for making support options clearer

    Check out: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa718682.aspx A little late on my part, but great work on the new MSDN support page Katie & the MSDN team! It's a great step in the right direction for helping customers navigate their support options. Some clear improvements here over the older...
  • Blog Post: Refactor String Resources to Resx Files in Vb.Net and C#

    Last week our team released the 1.0 beta of a new refactoring menu option for Visual Studio 2005. Bertan, the developer, has the details on his blog . The Resource Refactoring Tool provides developers an easy way to extract hard coded strings from the code to resource files. We have finished working...
  • Blog Post: What do you think about CTPs?

    Brian Harry wants to know. We've always had a concern about the quality of the CTPs we release, but are torn between increasing the quality, but reducing the frequency. What we found with the monthly frequency of CTPs as opposed to the classic "wait for beta quality" approach is that we received more...
  • Blog Post: Creating a simple multi-install package for your customers

    If you've downloaded something like the "Google Pack" in the past and wanted something like that for your companies products. Something that, with a small footprint, lets users pick and choose a suite of components to install, downloads the requested components on request, and installs them all in one...
  • Blog Post: Download hotfixes without contacting support!

    I'm thrilled to say that today we've launched the Devdiv hotfix Public Availibility Pilot Program . This pilot program will allow you to download the most frequently requested Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes without having to contact Microsoft Developer Support . For more information about this pilot and...
  • Blog Post: Browse and discover MSDN and Technet Blogs by Tags!

    Unfortunately it's not listed on the home page, but you can now navigate around our blogs by the tags being used by the bloggers. The new pages are located here: http://blogs.msdn.com/tags/ http://blogs.technet.com/tags/ You can also subscribe to feeds of posts for particular tags. Check out...
  • Blog Post: Orcas September CTP available for download

    I don't generally advertise each CTP release from our division, but there are some things that are cool about this one that I wanted to point out. 1. Thanks to customer feedback we've decided to release this as a VPC image. Simply download and run in Virtual PC or Virtual Server. 2. It's the first CTP...
  • Blog Post: Office Prank Video: Developer + Igloo = Productivity

    In the middle of August Bertan took a 4 week vacation to get married. Well, as is a grand Microsoft tradition, we had to do something to his office. It took us two weeks to come up with the idea. In the end we went on a hunch and decide to build an igloo. This is the story of Bertan’s igloo … ...
  • Blog Post: How hard is it to get a hot fix from Microsoft? It's not easy online.

    Update #4: You may now download your hotfixes without contacting support! ... this was the biggest issue that most customers seemed to have. Fixes for the other issues will also be coming online shortly. Thanks for all your feedback. Update: To be very clear. This experiment was performed by several...
  • Blog Post: Learn the History of VS Express

    This is a great bit of transparency where Dan Fernandez tells you, in his own words, the history and reasoning behind the VS Express. Fast forward to RTM, and we’ve now had over six million downloads in eight months . That’s a huge number and is a phenomena in and of itself, especially when compared...
  • 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: What makes for successful source code releases?

    We’re preparing to release the source code to the latest Power Toys for Visual Studio and the question has come up a few times. What makes for successful source code releases? Specifically… what makes for successful releases if you’d like to encourage community driven development rather than simply tossing...
  • Blog Post: Personas don't review specs... People do

    I've spent a lot of time bloviating on the Mort vs. Elvis thing. I got confused once, and thought I was an Elvis. Not really understanding what an Elvis is, I accidentally identified with the Elvis persona and championed the Elvis cause. I feel dirty. I'm not an Elvis. Scott Bellware [MVP] : Mort...
  • Blog Post: Why would you choose the Developer Solutions team?

    Why would you choose to work for the Developer Solutions? See, we're currently hiring Devs, a Dev lead, and PMs and I'm sometimes put into situations where I have to sell our team to great canidates over other positions. Here's a video that gives you a little clue about what we're doing . Heres...
  • Blog Post: See cool tools on Channel9; Meet the people you could be working with!

    A great deal of job satisfaction comes from ones like of the folks they work with. Check out the sprint retrospective we shot 6 weeks ago for Channel9 . If the job content sounds like an interest match and you'd like to subject yourself to working with our crew feel free to drop me a line. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Developer Support Myth #2: The phone doesn’t ring off the hook

    At least not in the location I was sitting. In fact the call routing happens off-site, but most calls require one or more call-backs with developer support. I discovered rare for a developer issue to be resolved in the true "1st contact". Like I said before, these are difficult issues and most developers...
  • Blog Post: Developer Support Myth #1: PSS is Cheaper than Prod-Dev Time

    On this edition of "Developer Support myth-busters" I’d like to tackle a popular belief held by several folks that work in product development groups. The belief is that PSS labor is cheaper than dev/test/pm labor. Cost is often used as an argument by product teams (I won’t name the guilty parties) who...
  • Blog Post: Customer Love for the TFS Admin Tool

    Via http://spaces.msn.com/wesmacdonald/Blog/cns!25108A9ADA96C9D7!141.entry I was saved today. After configuring users in Team System using three different interfaces, I thought there must be a better way since I could not believe that it could normal to add a user/group to TFS, then SQL Reporting...
  • Blog Post: Feedback Request on Visual Studio 2005 Look & Feel

    Aaron is responsible for a lot about how Visual Studio looks, feels, and behaves as an application. He's looking for some feedback about Visual Studio 2005 and has some specific questions. Feel free to leave your comments/suggestions here: http://blogs.msdn.com/aaronbrethorst/archive/2006/02/15/532814...
  • Blog Post: How to lend a hand to NDoc and other non-MS Developer Tools

    I was forwarded an interesting suggestion today from the Product Feedback Center. Here it is: Put some developers on the open source nDoc project We have used the XML documentation system with our C# code. Full integration with VS 2005 and .NET 2.0 is missing. Unfortunately, the developer for the...
  • Blog Post: Developer Servicing Web Site/Road map Released

    After the release of Visual Studio 2005 there were a few developer questions around our servicing plans. Today a new developer center launched where people can find up to date information on our servicing plans, terminology, and existing updates. Check it out: http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support...
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