Neil Hutson - Focused on Emerging Technologies for Microsoft

I am responsible for the adoption of emerging technology platforms by developers and it professionals at Microsoft

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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio V.NEXT features shown at TechED 2011

    Yesterday during the TechED 2011 North America Keynote, Cameron Skinner showed off a number of the new features which are coming in the next release of Visual Studio. In particular he drilled down into a number of new ALM capabilities and code editing features such as “Code Clone”. During the foundational...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Launch WebMatrix

    Tomorrow we are launching WebMatrix at the CodeMash Conference. WebMatrix is a free offering that provides everything you need to build Web sites using Windows. It streamlines Web site development and makes it easy to start Web sites from popular ASP.NET and PHP open-source apps and includes IIS Express...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phone 7 Design Days

      Jaime just published the video for a day and a half day event which we held in Redmond earlier this month about Windows Phone 7 design philosophy. All the details can be found here ( http://blogs.msdn.com/b/jaimer/archive/2010/08/13/windows-phone-design-day-recordings.aspx ) Here are the high...
  • Blog Post: Where is the LightSwitch? Visual Studio Announced a new tool today

    Today we announced Visual Studio LightSwitch, a new tool offering which will provide the simplest way to build business/data aware applications for the desktop and the cloud. The simplicity comes from a set of custom pre-built templates and tools and handlers which deal with creating all the routine...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint 2010 Developer RTM training Kit

    Paul in the team has just published the RTM versions of the SharePoint 2010 Developer training Kit(offline version) and the SharePoint 2010 Developer Training Course on Channel9. The course and kit include Presentations, Hands-On Labs, Demos and Instructor Videos of the Metro SharePoint 2010 Developer...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 RC Training Kit RELEASED TO WEB

    The team have just finished updating the Visual Studio 2010 RC and .NET Framework 4 RC Training Kit. This includes many hands-on labs, demos and presentations. This content is designed to help you learn how to utilize the Visual Studio 2010 features. There are  a variety of framework technologies...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 - Release Candidate (RC) Ships Today

    Today we announced a Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010. The RC is available to MSDN subscribers today and will be available to the public on February 10. We are encouraging developers to download the RC at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151797 and provide feedback. On the feedback...
  • Blog Post: Download the “Tailspin Travel Application” from Codeplex

    In Bob Muglia’s keynote at the PDC2009, Cameron Skinner presented a demo focused on some of the exciting new features coming in Visual Studio 2010 , .NET Framework 4 , and the server platform . The demo was built to show of  ASP.NET MVC 2 , Windows Identity Foundation ,  and the beta of the...
  • Blog Post: Installing Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 :

    Brian in the team walks everyone through downloading and installing Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate Beta 2 and Visual Studio 2010 Team Foundation Server Beta 2. This is episode 33 of the 10-4 show on Channel9 . This video references several important URL's. Those URL's, as well as some other handy links...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Ajax Library ( Preview 6 ) released

    We have just released a significant update of the Microsoft Ajax Library (Preview 6).  This provides a set of new capabilities to the client-side AJAX library, and can be used with any version of ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC projects.  The major new capabilities are:- Better Imperative Syntax :...
  • Blog Post: An Introduction to Manual Testing with Visual Studio 2010

    Brian in the team has just released the next 10-4 show on Channel 9 which is all about some new features to help manual testing of applications. Despite all of the advances in automated testing tools and frameworks, manual testing still a key part of the testing effort.   This episode shows the...
  • Blog Post: Released: Windows Azure Management Tool (MMC)

      Ryan in the team has just release the Windows Azure MMC .  This tool was created to manage storage accounts in Windows Azure and makes it simple to help debug, create, and explore your storage solutions.  Features Manage multiple storage accounts (makes it easy to manage all your accounts...
  • Blog Post: PowerTools for Open XML V1.1 - RELEASED

    Today, Eric in the team released PowerTools for Open XML V1.1 . PowerTools for Open XML is an open source project on CodePlex that makes it easy to create and modify Open XML documents using PowerShell scripts. You can find a list of all cmdlets in PowerTools for Open XML here . This new release (V1...
  • Blog Post: No More Parallel Development Pain : 10-4

    The Visual Studio Evangelism team just released a new episode of the 10-4 show ( Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 ), which explains the improvements in branching and merging in Team Foundation Server 2010 which will help eliminate the pain associated with parallel development. Brian Keller demonstrates...
  • Blog Post: WATCH THE 10-4 SHOW to Learn about Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0

    Brian and the rest of the Visual Studio evangelism team have released the first episode of the 10-4 which is a video podcast which will take a look at a different capabilities within Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.0. The first show has been completed and is on-line on channel9 at http:/...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server Fabric Control Point and The DAC 'PACK'

    Joey met with Mike Jones right after the first public showing of some of the great new features coming in the next release of SQL Server code-named Kilimanjaro. PASS Community Summit 2008 He showed demos of two things. Firstly the "Fabric Control Point" provides a unified view from a management...
  • Blog Post: PDC Highlights @ TechED EMEA - Here We Come

    The core of the evangelism team is traveling to TechED EMEA in Barcelona today to redeliver some of the key content from the PDC. Certainly around Microsoft Azure, Windows 7, Identity and VS2010 we aim to provide a lot of technical details through a number of general sessions and 3 panel discussions...
  • Blog Post: Parallel Computing with .NET

    There is a lot more information becoming available of the Parallel frameworks in .NET 4.0. Here are some of the latest posts on the subject. One of the coolest screen casts you will want to see is from Jason Olson who talks about Race Conditions and how you can easily write applications which are...
  • Blog Post: Two Weeks to GO : THe PDC Awaits

    Well at this time in two weeks, the first PDC keynote will just be about to start. I personally can not wait for it to kick off. Even in these tough times it looks highly likely that we are still going to sell out and I believe that the attendees will leave pumped from what they see. Sure they will see...
  • Blog Post: PDC Attendees get a 160GB USB Drive with all the goodies!!

    Personally I am not a big fan of the "Software + Services" PDC theme, but behind the scenes I know that the new software announcements that we are going to make will erase any bitterness I have from my memory :-) However, there is some other really cool news that I heard today - at the end...
  • Blog Post: Mark Russinovich: the future of Sysinternals, Security, Windows

    David interviewed Mark Russinovich for EDGE the other day and asked him some interesting questions about life at Microsoft such as big shocks, meetings with Bill Gates and the future of sysinternals. Take a look at the following location ( http://edge.technet.com/Media/Interview-with-Mark-Russinovich...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit goes to RTM

    Jonathan, Drew, Jason and Brian have just shipped the final release of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit , updated to work with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 & .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta RTM !  The RTM release includes the following improvements/additions in the form of demos, presentations and documentation...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET MVC Preview 4

    Phil Haack , one of key guys behind ASP.NET MVC provides an insight on new in Preview 4 for Channel9. He shows where they are going and what you can expect in future releases. This is a pretty nice implementation on top of ASP.NET. There is still a lot of feedback that ASP.NET makes it too complex. Thoughts...
  • Blog Post: WPF Week on Channel9 - READY FOR AN AMAZING DEMO??

    On channel9, it is WPF ( Windows Presentation Foundation ) week. This is being  hosted by Tim Sneath and team. One of the great interviews/demos that they did was with David Teitlebaum who takes the team on a tour of graphic applications that take advantage of the new and improved Effects, DirectX...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit - May Preview

    The .NET evangelism team just released a revision of the .NET 3.5 SP1 + Enhancements Training Kit, updated to reflect the changes in .NET 3.5 SP1 Beta 1. The May Preview release includes updated hands-on-labs as well as new presentations. The following features had their labs updated in this iteration...
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