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    Shipping at Midnight…

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    Shipping is one of the funnest (yep, it’s a word in my book) that I get to do at work. The sense of shared accomplishment is huge and enormously satisfying. Shipping at midnight is even more fun. Something about the late hour and dark windows...
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    Goodbye Microsoft, Hello Boston!

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    Big changes for me… I've made the difficult decision to leave Microsoft. My husband and I are moving to Boston, and I’m taking the move as an opportunity to experience life outside of Microsoft. My last day here will be tomorrow, June 14th. Of course...
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    welcome to blogs.msdn.com

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    Happy New Year! As blogs become more a part of daily life for developers, we wanted to make them more accessible to more developers and make it easier for devs to use blogs. So today I’m pleased to announce that MSDN is launching blogs.msdn.com...
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    Ever wonder what my office looks like?

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    No? I didn't think so. But just in case I've piqued your curiousity, check out this video clip on Channel 9. Chris Sells gives a tour of building 5, where most of us MSDN folk work (the magazine team is in NYC). He stops in at my staff meeting and checks...
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    News news news

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    Wow! There's a lot going on these days... 3 things of note today: 1. RSS brouhaha... Robert and I just had a nice chat about what we're doing with RSS on blogs.msdn.com . In a nutshell, our RSS traffic is neglible compared to all the traffic generated...
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    New search for MSDN

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    No, it isn't Google, but we have updated search on MSDN (and the rest of MSCOM ). Improvements include: Stronger weighting for titles and keywords: this means that if you search for CreateWindow, the api reference for CreateWindow shows up first...
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    Worthy of a post of its own...

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    In an unprecendented act of serial blogging, I feel compelled to blog twice in the same evening... Soma is in the house... Soma runs the developer division at Microsoft - VS, the .NET Framework - all that good stuff. He's also been a great advisor...
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    Executive Motivation

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    Eric and I had a conversation about blogging, and I sheepishly had to admit that I've been woefully silent. So here goes again. Highlights from my week: An update to MSDN's ASP.NET dev center UI. Kent (whose blog name I LOVE) and Christine (and...
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    A fun week and WMV

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    Shipping on Monday was followed up by more fun throughout the week. Our launch went pretty smoothly - our team is getting better and the launch gods were smiling on us. We did have some problems w/ downloads, but progress on those is underway. My interviews...
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    On the road...

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    When I was an evangelist, I traveled about one or two weeks each month. I did this for about four years, and got pretty good at ignoring jet lag and time differences. My beau at the time (fiance now <g>) lived outside of Boston, so he served as...
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    Highlights from TechEd

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    What a fun trip! I just got back to Seattle from Tech-Ed. My highlights: Women in Technology Luncheon: I spoke on the panel and had a great time. It was exciting to see so many more women at Tech-Ed this year. I don't have official numbers, but several...
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    PDC Slides Available...

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    Slides from the PDC are posted on MSDN! Thanks to Jeff & Duncan for their legwork in getting them posted. Download your favorites here today.
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    PDC Day 1

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    After being on vacation for a month, I figured that it was high time to blog again. And what better place to start than here at the PDC? I had a surprisingly easy time getting here. My flight was only about 20 minutes late; no cancelled flights, rerouting...
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    Yippee... Annotations!

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    In Eric’s keynote yesterday, he talked briefly about a new thing we’re doing at MSDN – Annotations. We’ve been working on them for a while, so it was really awesome to have Eric and Ari talk about them. They were necessarily brief, so I thought I’d share...
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    ahh...

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    I'm off for an extended vacation - i'll  be back on October 6th.  I've never been away from work for so long.  So, as much as I love my job, I'm very excited.  That said, I can't wait to see you all at the PDC, and to show you...
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    www.msdn.com

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    Wow!  Thanks to everyone for the warm welcome and for the great feedback about MSDN RSS feeds. I'll post a consolidated list next week. Several of the suggestions are already in the works, and several are harder than they should be with our current...
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    CS degrees and summer skiing

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    Earlier this week, I went to a review of our academic evangelism plans.   One of the points that Morris raised is that the number of CS grads is declining, so it's not sufficient for us just to talk to CS folks.   That got me thinking......
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    Protect yourself...

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    ...and your computers!  If you haven't already, please please please take a few moments to protect your computer against the blaster worm.   The patch is simple, the steps are straightforward, and you'll be glad you did. ...
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    Progress!

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    As many of you know, building a new system while you're running the current one is a challenge and a half, but that's exactly what we're trying to do with MSDN.  Our current infrastructure is pretty moldy, and we knew that it didn't make a lot...
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    I have sinned...

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    No, not like that.  :-)  I just meant that I've been remiss about blogging.  So, now I'm back.  There's lots going on; here are a few quick highlights: We're working on launching a new search engine .  No, it's not Goggle...
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    Is it Friday already?

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    Once again, a busy week, especially since it was short.  Robb and I played hookey (sp?) and came back on tuesday morning instead of monday night, which made the week especially short.  The skiing was great, especially for May, and it was fun...
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    EricR is in the house...

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    Eric Rudder , the grand poobah in these parts, has started a blog.  Welcome Eric!
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    test

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    i'm showing Rich Kaplan the ins and outs of blogging.  this is just a test.
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    The other half of the story...

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    Ray tells a great story about my visit to Groove a few years ago.  Thanks for your kind words, Ray!  The funny thing is that there's another part of the story...    Before I visited Ray, Jack and their buddies, I  was...
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    Applied XML Dev Con

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    Wahoo!  I can't wait for this conference !  The talks all look super, and it promised to be a terrific time.  I hope we see you there. Sun's shining in Seattle - a truly rare event.  Have a good weekend all!
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