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  • Blog Post: Activating Visual Studio 2013 on an Offline Machine

    (File this under “I already know that”, but I get asked this question quite frequently..) Visual Studio 2013 likes to go online every so often to validate that it’s being used by a licensed user.  That’s all well and good, but what if that user is working in a permanently offline environment? ...
  • Blog Post: Woot! Visual Studio 2015 Product Line Announced

    I’ll refer you to the official Visual Studio blog post for more details, but just a heads up that the lineup for Visual Studio 2015 was announced this morning! Again, full details on the VS blog, but here are the highlights: Visual Studio Premium and Ultimate are condensing into a single, awesome product...
  • Blog Post: March Webinars from InCycle Software

    Our friends at InCycle Software have some great webinars coming up this month.  Take a look! Webinar March 17th @1pm (PST): Update to Microsoft Development Tools and Platforms in 2015 Join us for a super charged session showcasing the top Visual Studio features that increase developer productivity...
  • Blog Post: Come to a CloudFest and Get Started with Azure

      We’ve done quite a few of these around the country so far, and they’ve proven to be very valuable experiences!  Take a look at the schedule below.  I encourage you to attend one in your area – even if your team doesn’t currently have a cloud strategy, it’ll be worth your while! Build...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio & TFS 2013 Update 4 (CTP 1) is Available

    Didn’t we just release Update 3?  Brian Harry explains the awesome details of this CTP on his blog post , but below are my highlights. As you’ll see, this update (as of now) is more substantial for TFS: Pull Requests for Git in TFS – This was released to VSO a little bit back, but it’s coming to...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 RTM is available!

    Today (August 4th) the Update 3 for Visual Studio 2013 was released!  ( Download link ) So what’s in this thing? I’ll let you read about all the details (including links and videos) on the official notice on the Visual Studio website , but here are the highlights: CodeLens – Now supports Git repositories...
  • Blog Post: Panels vs. Context: A Tale of Two Visual Studios and a Practical Explanation of the Value of CodeLens

    If you have Visual Studio 2013 Ultimate , you know CodeLens is amazing.  If you don’t know what CodeLens is, I hope this helps.  I have a lot of customers who ask me about CodeLens, what it is, and how valuable I think it is for an organization.  Here’s my response. It’s really a tale...
  • Blog Post: Jump in the Deep End with Visual Studio "14" CTP

    On Soma’s blog, today he announced the availability of the first CTP for Visual Studio “14”, the next major release of Visual Studio. Early?  Yep!  Still kinda exciting?  Definitely! Please note that is a very early build, and is by no means meant to be used in production.  It’s more...
  • Blog Post: Already here: Visual Studio 2013 Update 3 CTP 1

    Yep!  Fresh on the heels of the RTM of VS 2013 Update 2 (I just finished delivering “What’s New” presentations on Update 2 a couple weeks ago), the first CTP for Update 3 is available!  CTP 1 means it’s early, and may not be completely production-ready.  But heck, it’s at least worth checking...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 Update 2 is Here!

    Yep, it’s here (maybe the timing had something to do with //Build?)! I’ll let you get all the tasty details via the official post , but here are my personal top highlights (and if you’re using VSO, you may have seen some of these already): Work Item Tagging updates Work Item Tagging allows users to further...
  • Blog Post: Denver Event: Professional Scrum Development with Visual Studio

    Delivered by Accentient When: Friday, 11 April 2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (MDT) Where: Microsoft 7595 Technology Way Suite 400 Denver, Colorado 80237 Registration: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/professional-scrum-development-with-visual-studio-tickets-10727705857 Scrum is the #1 framework chosen by Agile...
  • Blog Post: Recording from Dec 6 Webcast: A Lap Around Visual Studio ALM 2013

    Sorry for the delay in posting this – “launch season'” gets pretty hectic! Thank you to all who attended my webcast on 12/6 titled “A Lap Around Visual Studio ALM 2013”.  I hope everyone found it worthwhile! HERE is a link to view/download the Lync recording from the webcast, and I’ve also embedded...
  • Blog Post: Power Tools and other Extensions for VS/TFS 2013 RC

    You may not have noticed, but last week a number of extensions were released to the Visual Studio Gallery to support VS/TFS 2013 RC: Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Power Tools Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2013 Build Extensions Microsoft Visual Studio Team Foundation...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2013 RC and the Virtual Launch

    As the summer winds down, I hope to get more active with my blog again (At Microsoft, summer often brings a slew of internal conferences, trainings, planning, and vacation).  I think Visual Studio 2013 is the perfect topic with which to jump back in! If you didn’t already know, Visual Studio 2013...
  • Blog Post: Denver Event: Quality Enablement Through Agile Testing

    Continuous Quality for Modern Business Applications Producing high quality software , closely aligned with the constantly changing requirements of business stakeholders is more important than ever. Especially in an Agile development setting, every team member has to ensure that their work is of the highest...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Visual Studio ALM is a leader in the the Gartner Magic Quadrant

    The brilliant minds at Gartner have positioned Microsoft in the “leader” quadrant for Application Lifecycle Management, in their June 5th, 2012 publication, “Magic Quadrant for Application Life Cycle Management”   (available for 12 months following publication) . Their evaluation was based on Visual...
  • Blog Post: Content from the VS11 ALM Roadshows (Denver/Phoenix/Lehi)

    Happy Monday! First, thanks to all of you who have attended the ALM Roadshows so far, and I hope to see many more of you attend the upcoming stops. Many folks from the Denver and Tempe events asked if the content would be made publicly available (to help minimize the amount of note-taking required...
  • Blog Post: Holy VS 11 Webcasts, Batman!

    Want to learn more about Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11 but can’t make it to an in-person roadshow ?  Check out this line up of “11” webcasts provided by our awesome ALM partners.  Topics include: A View into Microsoft's New ALM Features and Tools Agile Planning Managing Requirements & Customers...
  • Blog Post: Upcoming Free Webinars and Workshops from Imaginet

    Check out these upcoming web-based learning opportunities from Imaginet ! These training events are completely free .  To register, simply click on a date below. A View into Microsoft's New ALM Features and Tools As more is known and released about the next release of Visual Studio and related tools...
  • Blog Post: Today at TechEd: ALM Roadmap Released!

    You’ve all be asking, “What’s next for Visual Studio?”  Well, today at TechEd in Atlanta, Jason Zander gave the first solid peek at Visual Studio “vNext”. He also blogged in detail about this announcement.  Read his post in full for all the juicy details , including screenshots, but below are...
  • Blog Post: Event: Free Visual Studio ALM Roadshow Coming Through Denver

    Using the Visual Studio 2010 ALM Tools to Improve Your Software Lifecycle Management March 15th, 2011 at the Microsoft Denver Office   Come join Microsoft and Notion Solutions as we present the latest tools and techniques for managing your software process to attain quality software using Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch!

    Formerly code-named “KittyHawk”, LightSwitch was announced today at VSLive!.. Without going into details (because a great introduction is on Jason Zander’s blog ), just know that LightSwitch is probably the simplest way to creating business applications for the desktop and the cloud.  It automates...
  • Blog Post: Happy Valentine’s (Early): Visual Studio 2010 RC is Available

    The Release Candidate (RC) for Visual Studio 2010 is now available for download and exhaustive tinkering.  :)  You can grab it off of MSDN Subscriptions site today, or get it from the public VS 2010 site on Feb 10th.  Start here: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=151797 I’ve received...
  • Blog Post: Event: SharePoint as a Development Platform

    Maximize Your SharePoint Investment: Leverage It as a Development Platform! Join us at this in-person event that will assist your agencies and organizations in further realizing the return on your existing SharePoint investment via Enterprise SharePoint Development. Enterprise Application Development...
  • Blog Post: Get Started! Free Hosting & Tools on the Microsoft Web Platform

    Hey, newbie!  Want to see how easily you can envision, create, and deploy web applications on the Microsoft platform? Check out this site to get started ! Includes: Free hosting for 60 days Choose from three options: Shared hosting: Basic Web presence and content management. Virtual dedicated hosting...
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