Rob Caron

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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Overview White Paper

    If you'd like an overview of what you'll find in Visual Studio 2008, you should download a copy of the following white paper, which was updated for the Beta 2 release. It is available as a Word document, PDF, or XPS. This white paper provides an overview of Visual Studio 2008 and how it delivers...
  • Blog Post: Using Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 VPCs

    I know how it is. You find the download page you're seeking and you immediately scan the page to find the cherished Download button. For this reason, I always advise teams not to rely on download page content to ensure customer success with the download. As a case in point, if you downloaded one of the...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Team Foundation Installation Guide (Beta)

    If you'd like a jump on getting the prerequisites in place while you're downloading the bits, you can download the latest version of the Visual Studio Team System 2008 Team Foundation Installation Guide . Since Beta 1 is still available for download, you'll see two versions of the guide on this download...
  • Blog Post: An Easier Way to Download Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2

    Psst! Looking for an easier way to download those huge Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 files? Go grab the Microsoft Secure Content Downloader from Microsoft Research. All you have to do is pick your favorite flavor of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 and tell it where to save it. Please note that this...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2 is Served. Come and Get it!

    See Soma's post for the details: Announcing the release of Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, .NET FX 3.5 Beta 2, and Silverlight 1.0 RC 1323
  • Blog Post: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio 2008, Part II

    If you don't already follow Sara Ford's blog , you really should subscribe to her Visual Studio 2008 Tip of the Day . She'll enlighten you daily with nuggets of good info about Visual Studio 2008. For Visual Studio 2005, she ran a Visual Studio 2005 Tip of the Week that was an excellent resource. It...
  • Blog Post: A Hitchhiker's Guide to Visual Studio 2008, Part I

    When you download and install Visual Studio 2008 Beta 2, you may notice that some of the product names have changed for this release. On the Help menu in Team Suite, click About and you'll find that many of the products in Team System have a new name. Since we released Visual Studio 2005, we’ve heard...
  • Blog Post: Discuss Beta 1 with the Team System Team

    Join members of the Visual Studio Team System product group on Friday, April 27th from 10:00 - 11:00 A.M. Pacific Time to discuss features available in Visual Studio Team System. In addition, discuss what's new in the Visual Studio code name “Orcas” Beta 1 releases for Team Suite and Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Beta 1 for MSDN Subscribers

    It appears that the ISO images for Visual Studio code name "Orcas" Beta 1 are now showing up on MSDN Subscriber Downloads. The ISO image for Team Suite should appear anytime now. 1292
  • Blog Post: 1 KB Files for Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Beta 1

    For those are downloading Visual Studio code name "Orcas" Beta 1 files from Microsoft Downloads, you may have seen what appears to be a misprint: I can assure you that the Team Foundation Server with Team Suite VPC is much larger than 9 KB total and that we're not using a compression technology from...
  • Blog Post: Download Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" and .NET Framework 3.5 Beta 1

    See Soma's blog for the details, and the MSDN Visual Studio Futures site for the bits to download. Orcas Beta 1 bits for the various different product SKUs will be available at the MSDN Visual Studio Futures site over the next day or so. The team and I are looking forward to hearing your feedback on...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Unit Testing Extends to Visual Studio Professional in Orcas

    If you haven't heard the news yet, Visual Studio Unit Testing, which was only available in some Team System products in Visual Studio 2005, will be available in the Professional Edition of Visual Studio code name "Orcas". See this post from Naysawn Naderi for the details: Due to popular demand we have...
  • Blog Post: Now Available: Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" March CTP

    The March CTP is now available for download. The March CTP includes the first "Orcas" CTP release of Team Foundation Server. You can install it yourself by grabbing the self-extracting installation file, or you can grab one of the VPC images. For more information, see "Orcas" Related CTP Downloads...
  • Blog Post: Why Vista Matters to Developers

    Darryl Taft has an article on eWeek that outlines Why Vista Matters to Developers . As Jim Allchin notes, you can build applications that take advantage of the new technologies in Windows Vista today using Visual Studio 2005 (see Ready for a New Day for extensions to Visual Studio 2005 that provide some...
  • Blog Post: Team System Chat on Wednesday

    Here's your chance to interact with the Team System product team and get the answers to your toughest Team System questions. In addition, discuss what's new in the latest Visual Studio code name "Orcas" Community Technology Preview (CTP). Join the chat on Wednesday, February 7th from 10:00am - 11:00am...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Related CTP Downloads

    The January CTP of Visual Studio code name "Orcas" is available for download as a self-extracting install, or installed in a Virtual PC image. You can find links to both downloads, and to other "Orcas" CTP software on the Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Related CTP Downloads page. The next version...
  • Blog Post: Orcas Feature Specs Online

    As noted in Brian Harry's blog ( More Transparency ), we published a bunch of the Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework "Orcas" up on MSDN. These are the actual feature specifications, not glossy versions of them. I'm happy to tell you that we have reassessed our plans and reinvigorated...
  • Blog Post: Team System Chat Today (11/8)

    As noted on most of the Team System product team blogs this past week, we're holding another Team System chat on Wednesday, November 8 at 10am PST. On the agenda - anything Team System, including Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - October CTP . Add to Calendar Additional Time Zones Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - October CTP

    As you may have heard by now, Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" - October CTP is now available for download. Like the previous CTP release, this release is only available as a virtual machine. One of the reasons we're using a virtual machine is to provide early access to software under development,...
  • Blog Post: What is Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas"?

    If you’d like some insight into the next release of Visual Studio, code-named "Orcas", visit the Visual Studio Future Versions site. On that site, you’ll find a roadmap that provides a brief overview of what to expect in "Orcas". Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" delivers on Microsoft’s vision of...
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