If you don't know who S. “Soma” Somasegar is, now's a good time to learn more about him. Soma's the corporate vice president of the Microsoft Server & Tools Developer Division. Within Microsoft, Soma has been evangelizing the ideas of complete transparency in how we build our products, run our business, and how our teams run their day to day operations. I’ve been evangelizing this for sometime on our Microsoft webcasts team, but it’s great to hear this from our senior Microsoft leadership, as a way to run our business and build better software for our customers.
You’re going to see a new Microsoft in the next few years. One where we have continuous feedback loops, where we get feedback from the community and act upon it to make the product and experience with Microsoft better for partners and customers. You’re also going to be seeing the Developer Tools division listening even more to what you have to say, and trying to address and fix things that customers want to see fixed.
MSDN Webcasts and MSDN Architecture Webcasts is an attempt to put an human face on Microsoft, what Soma calls Complete Transparency. During the month of April, you’re going to see over a 100 hundred live webcasts where we have the Microsoft product development team, industry experts within and outside Microsoft talk openly and candidly about what you can expect in Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005. If you get the chance to attend live, I strongly recommend it. Our product development are some of the brightest folks in the business. Here’s your chance to ask them questions, understand why they designed the software they way they did, and give your feedback on what we can fix or improve. Also be sure to check out Somasegar's WebLog
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