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  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Complete!

    Today, the Windows and Windows Server teams announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have been released to manufacturing. In keeping with our goal of delivering great tools on the same cadence as our platforms, I’m thrilled to announce that we have completed final builds of Visual Studio...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 11 ALM Advances

    Happy new year. Over the last several months since //BUILD/, I’ve published multiple blog posts outlining advancements made in Visual Studio 11, from languages to the .NET Framework to IDE productivity to platform-specific tooling . I’m concluding this five-post series with a look at some...
  • Blog Post: Roslyn CTP Now Available

    In my last few blog posts, I’ve highlighted significant advancements our teams have made as part of the Visual Studio 11 Developer Preview released at //BUILD/, and I’ll continue that series in future posts. Today, however, I want to highlight some innovative work our teams have been doing...
  • Blog Post: Happy 1st Birthday, Visual Studio 2010!

    Today marks the one year birthday of Visual Studio 2010! It seems not long ago that we had the world-wide launch celebrating the largest developer tool release from Microsoft in many years. I spoke then about the ability to target platforms like Windows 7, Windows Azure, and Windows Phone 7, about...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio LightSwitch Beta 2 available today!

    Last week at TechEd Middle East in Dubai, I announced that LightSwitch beta 2 would be available in the coming weeks. I'm happy to report that today, we have made LightSwitch beta 2 available to MSDN subscribers . If you're not an MSDN subscriber, the download will be publicly available on Thursday...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 momentum

    Since we launched Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4 on April 12 th of this year, it has been exciting to see the extremely positive response to the product. Within six months of the launch date, Visual Studio 2010 usage surpassed all other previous versions of Visual Studio based on usage data collected...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Cup "Solve This"

    I have been a part of the Imagine Cup since 2003 and every year, am delighted and surprised at how it gets better and better. This world-wide competition brings together students from all over the world and showcases young developers, designers and IT pros who are using technology as a vehicle for...
  • Blog Post: BizSpark Graduation Offer for Startups

    In November 2008, we launched Microsoft BizSpark , a three-year program that helps world-wide early-stage startups succeed by providing them the technical resources they need to build successful businesses. After two years, BizSpark has enrolled over 35,000 startups and 2,000 Network Partners, and...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools

    Today, we are announcing the availability of Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools. Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools enable you to design and test your Windows Phone 7 applications in Visual Studio. These free tools provide everything you need to build rich applications with Silverlight and XNA and deploy...
  • Blog Post: Script Junkie

    Earlier this year in February, I blogged about key software development trends. The second trend, The Web as a Platform , continues to grow at an astounding rate. Browser-based applications such as MugTug show the increasing flexibility and power of web technologies. New and experienced developers...
  • Blog Post: MSDN: Double the Azure

    Today we are announcing that we are doubling the initial Windows Azure benefits to MSDN subscribers by extending the offer from eight months to 16 months. Windows Azure is a is a flexible cloud-computing platform that provides developers with on-demand compute and storage to host, scale, and manage...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server AppFabric: Better, Faster, Cheaper

    Earlier this week in our Worldwide Partner Conference , we outlined our vision for the cloud and underscored Microsoft's commitment to providing a platform that enables our customers to embrace cloud computing fully. As part of this commitment, the opportunity for developers to build applications targeting...
  • Blog Post: Hilo: Windows 7 development walk-throughs

    Windows 7 introduced a number of new end-user features that make using applications easier, and since then, developers have asked us for more prescriptive guidance on "How do I use those in my applications?" "Hilo" is an effort by the team to provide just that. "Hilo" provides a set of articles...
  • Blog Post: VS 2010 productivity improvements - Part I

    Every developer deserves a fantastic development environment that allows them to write, understand, navigate, and debug code as efficiently as possible. After all, developers spend most of their time in the IDE. As we designed and built Visual Studio 2010, we let this principle guide the product,...
  • Blog Post: Windows Workflow Foundation in .NET4

    Windows Workflow Foundation (WF4) in .NET 4 is designed to make it easier for new developers to learn, addresses a wider range of customer scenarios, and is more efficient. WF is a programming model for composing application logic and coordinating execution, allowing developers to abstract complicated...
  • Blog Post: New Offers for Visual Studio 2010

    Last October, we announced a new packaging lineup and licensing options for Visual Studio 2010 to provide customers with simplified ways to purchase and license Visual Studio. The new lineup includes three main versions of Visual Studio with appropriate MSDN subscriptions to go with Ultimate, Premium...
  • Blog Post: Reactive Extensions for .NET (Rx)

    I’m pleased to announce a preview of the Reactive Extensions for .NET (Rx) on MSDN DevLabs. Using Rx, programmers can write succinct declarative code to orchestrate and coordinate asynchronous and event-based programs based on familiar .NET idioms and patterns. Rx has a strong theoretical basis...
  • Blog Post: Spec Explorer: A Model-Based Testing tool

    Thorough, consistent, and extensible testing of systems remains one of the biggest challenges in creating and maintaining software systems. The Spec Explorer tool released today on DevLabs tackles that problem using Model-Based Testing techniques. What Is It ? Spec Explorer, is a tool...
  • Blog Post: Come meet the new MSDN

    The MSDN Global Network is re-launching with a new design and new benefits for all MSDN subscribers. MSDN subscriptions are the ultimate resource that give developers, teams, and organizations comprehensive access to Microsoft tools and technologies to confidently design, develop and test software...
  • Blog Post: Announcing Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 Beta 2

    I am pleased to announce the release of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Beta 2. MSDN subscribers can download Beta 2 today. The beta will be available to the rest of the world on Wednesday. Visual Studio 2010 has made significant enhancements since Beta 1. We’ve come a long way in performance...
  • Blog Post: Walking down memory lane...

    Sometimes, we get caught up in what we are currently doing, the day-to-day stuff, the impending deadlines and the like. Once in a while, it is good to take a step back and reflect upon the jounrey - the why, the what, the how and the where. Recently, I got such an opportunity when I got a call to...
  • Blog Post: Launching Silverlight 3 and Expression 3!

    I’m happy to announce the availability of Silverlight 3 and the Release Candidate of Expression Blend 3 and SketchFlow today. In addition, the full family of Expression 3 products will be available within thirty days. With version 3, Silverlight rounds out a feature list that delivers innovation...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft BizSpark: Serving 15,000 startups and counting!

    Eight months ago, Microsoft announced the availability of Microsoft BizSpark, a program that helps early-stage startups succeed by providing Microsoft software, support and visibility at no upfront cost. Today, I am pleased to announce that more than 15,000 Startups have joined BizSpark to date...
  • Blog Post: MSDN - Where Developers Come First

    When developers want to learn how to build software on Microsoft platforms, finding content and connecting with others should be easy. Microsoft Developer Network offers Help documentation, articles, blog posts, videos, and forums to more than 20 million unique visitors every month. Over the last...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4 Beta 1 ships!

    Today, we are releasing Beta 1 of Visual Studio 2010 and .NET FX 4. If you are a MSDN subscriber, you can download the Beta today from here . For the rest of the world, the Beta will be publicly available on Wednesday. Over the last many months I had blogged about a lot of new and interesting features...
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