I just came from the VSLT meeting (Visual Studio Leadership Team). This is essentially Craig Symond's staff meeting where all of his direct reports get together weekly to discuss the state of the Visual Studio world. We had a couple of good topics today.

First, we talked about the VS 2003 service pack. The main topic was about when we could get this done. We talked about current projects, future projects, what work has already been done on the service pack and what work remains. I don't have any firm dates to share with you, but we did make some progress on where it could fit in. As details become available, I'll share them.

As I mentioned in a previous post, we're nearing the end of the Microsoft fiscal year. I talked about budgeting, priority settting, and next fiscal year planning. We spent some time this morning looking at our divisional priorities for next fiscal year. These are rolled up into big buckets of things such as adoption, revenue, customer satisfaction, and even incuation projects. The key topic for our discussion this morning was around aligning our goals across many teams here at Microsoft. We've been getting better at this over the years, but I'd say the work we've done for next year is the best so far. Many leaders from different parts of the company spent a lot of time to ensure that developer goals were better aligned. This helps all of us leverage the resources we have better, do a better job when we talk to folks like you, and deliver better products. I'm pretty excited by this.

Finally, Brad Abrams came to talk to us about this year's PDC. Brad is in charge of the "tools and languages" track this year. He wanted to get some input on the current session list, our priorities for sessions, and to ask us how we thought about the sessions that currently don't fit. As you can imagine, everyone in the room thought that their team or technology should have way more sessions. Brad has a tough job getting the right mix of technologies that hit the main topics and making sure that folks that attend get the content they are paying for. All of us at the meeting have sessions that are on the "cut" list. We all have to do some deeper thinking about what the most relevant content should be and how we'll fit it in to our existing sessions. Even though there's more work to do on this, I know we'll end up with killer sessions. The PDC is one of my favorite conferences and one of the reasons is because we do this type of hard thinking about the content. The sessions are alway first rate.