It’s been a year since we met. I still remember how I spent literally 3 hours (20 minutes to write and 2 hours 40 minutes reviewing each word 25 times) to write my first blog entry.  Since then, I have gotten much more efficient about blogging :).

I was talking to my wife last night about my upcoming 1st blogging anniversary.  She jokingly (and maybe rightfully) complained that I had no problem remembering my first blog anniversary but have to be reminded until the day before about our wedding anniversary.

In the last few months I have had the opportunity to interact with many of you.  Thanks for your encouragement, comments, feedback and words of wisdom.  Your comments have helped me change the way I think about several things.  Like I mentioned a year ago, if there is one thing that I have consistently noticed in these interactions, it is the passion that folks have around our products - both in terms of what we are doing well and more importantly what we can do better.

A lot has happened in the world of science and technology in the past 12 months – e.g. the world got to see photos of the rings of Saturn, Dr. Hawking revised his theory of Black Holes, Google’s IPO revived memories of the tech boom, a capsule carrying samples from the Sun crashed, Mt. St. Helens erupted again, a privately funded spacecraft flew above the earth’s atmosphere, IBM sold its PC Business, and Microsoft shipped Beta 2 of Visual Studio 2005.

The next twelve months promise to be equally if not more exciting than the past twelve.

My team and I are in the final stretch for Visual Studio 2005.  Customer feedback on Visual Studio 2005 Beta2 has been quite positive thus far.  I hope to continue interacting with you not only via this blog but more importantly via your feedback on our products.

Thank you for reading my blog and sharing your ideas and comments.

Namaste!