Every other blog has already announced the arrival of Channel 9, so I won’t go into much detail. But, think of it as an experiment by Microsoft to foster frank and open discussion with the developer community. You’ll probably learn about the future direction of some of our products, and we hope to get some good feedback and suggestions from you. The first item in the doctrine sums it up:
Channel 9 is all about the conversation. Channel 9 should inspire Microsoft and our customers to talk in an honest and human voice. Channel 9 is not a marketing tool, not a PR tool, not a lead generation tool.
The Visual Studio Developer Center has published an excellent Microsoft Developer Tools Roadmap. With so much new and enhanced technology being delivered with Visual Studio .NET 2005 (formerly known as “Whidbey”), this is an excellent one-page overview of Language and IDE enhancements (can anyone say refactoring!?), changes to the .NET Framework, integration with Microsoft Office, how SQL Server 2005 fits into the picture (stored procedures in C#...drool), and some great stuff for Enterprise Development and Lifecycle Support (“Whitehorse,” SCM, MSBuild, etc.). There’s also a very brief bit about Orcas, the codename for the follow-up version of Visual Studio .NET that’s due in the Longhorn timeframe. A worthwhile read for anyone using our tools.
Check out a photo of our cool new Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer and Wireless Optical mouse “colors:” Immersion, Night Vision, and Groovy. You can see all of the options at our Microsoft Mice & Keyboards site.
Get the scoop on the new and powerful WinFS file system with the latest episode of the .NET Show. I personally think that WinFS will open the door for a new class of applications, and it’ll change the way we all think about file systems and data.
Want a new way to visualize the news? Here’s a web application called Newsmap that takes information from Google’s News site, aggregates it, and displays it using a treemap visualization algorithm. I’m not sure how useful it is in practice, but it’s at least a very interesting technology demo.