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  • Somasegar's blog

    Interop Forms Toolkit v2.0

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    Yesterday, we released version 2.0 of the Interop Forms Toolkit , one of several Visual Basic Power Packs we have developed over the past year that help bridge the gap between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic 2005. The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 allows...
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    Down the Expression memory lane...

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    Last Friday, we reached a major milestone in our quest to win the hearts and minds of creative designers with the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) of the first edition of Expression Studio. It has been a very interesting journey so far with a lot of twists...
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    MIX 07 - Silverlight shines brighter!

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    Today, the Microsoft MIX conference kicked off with Ray Ozzie and Scott Guthrie giving the opening keynotes. We did make a number of new announcements today which I summarize as the next wave of Silverlight . A couple of weeks ago at NAB, we talked...
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    IIS 7.0 Beta3 with Go Live license

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    I am excited to say that yesterday my team released Beta 3 of IIS7 in conjunction with Windows Server Codename “Longhorn” Beta 3. As part of this release, Microsoft is also offering a Go Live license for IIS7 that provides production use rights...
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    "Orcas" conversation w/channel 9

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    I got a chance to talk to our Channel 9 friend (Charles Torre) again today on the occasion of the team signing off on Visual Studio “Orcas” and .NET FX 3.5 Beta 1. Like always, it is fun to get to share some of my thoughts with you all through channel...
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    Visual Studio "Orcas" and .NET FX 3.5 Beta1 shipped!

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    Today we signed off on the Beta 1 release for Visual Studio “Orcas” and .NET FX 3.5. I am very proud of what my team has accomplished and want to take this opportunity to thank them for the great work they have done – in terms of innovation, new...
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    Prescriptive Guidance for Visual Studio Team System

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    The patterns & practices team has recently released an impressive set of guidance that you can use to get more out of Visual Studio Team System. One of the things that I continuously hear from you is a strong need for more guidance on how to best...
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    Silverlight - The next generation web experiences

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    Today at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, Microsoft is again demonstrating how we are enabling our customers to have richer experiences on the web by announcing Microsoft Silverlight - a new, cross-platform, cross-browser plug...
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    Information when you need

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    I strongly believe in the power of the community. One of the most important things our customers need is access to information that they need and when they need. We do provide product documentation and other kinds of information – but I always say that...
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    Listening to your feedback - Expression and MSDN

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    When we announced Expression Studio last December, we saw great excitement from both the design and development community – excitement that is clearly reflected in the hundreds of thousands of CTP and trial downloads we’ve already seen. Following the...
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    Visual Studio turns 10!

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    This year, the Visual Studio family is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Visual Studio. Whenever you hit a major milestone, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the journey. Visual Studio has helped our developers, customers and partners to be successful...
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    Defy All Challenges

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    I am not necessarily the best creative guy or the best marketing guy. But even I know that we could do more in terms of being creative in our marketing and advertising to better resonate with people. A little over a year ago, my team released a...
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    Innovation and Recognition

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    Technology innovation with a view to enabling customer scenarios is what we predominantly do at Microsoft and in the Developer Division. I always say that we can be successful in the market and with our customers only as long as we provide the best value...
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    MVPs are in town!

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    Every two years, Microsoft holds a summit for MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) - people who are recognized for their outstanding technical community participation. They are nominated annually by their peers and Microsoft employees for voluntarily sharing...
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    Gender specific or gender neutral?

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    I am a big fan of making sure that the work environment (that I am a part of at least) is highly conducive for people from all walks of life to be able to be a part of, do their very best and be successful in the way each of them defines success. As...
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    VS 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista

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    Yesterday, we released the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista . Visual Studio developers already have a good experience on Windows Vista but this addresses certain specific concerns to give developers an even better experience when...
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    Beginner Developer Learning Center launched

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    Today, we launched the Beginner Developer Learning Center (BDLC) – a centralized learning environment specifically targeted at beginning programmers. Since we released the Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions, we have had over 10 million downloads...
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    Visual Studio "Orcas" March CTP is available now

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    Today we released the March CTP of Visual Studio codename ”Orcas”. Our goal with Orcas is to build the best tool set for Windows Vista and Office 2007, expand our role-based and team offerings, deliver complete AJAX support and deliver revolutionary...
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    WPF Real-World Apps for Windows Vista - Part 2

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    Many of you have probably seen some of the popular WPF real-world apps, like the New York Times Reader (if you have a NYT subscription, you can now take your experience to a new level). So instead of starting with the more known apps, I thought I should...
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    WPF Real-World Apps for Windows Vista!

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    It’s been 3 months since we released Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 on Nov 6 th 2006. In this short duration, I have already witnessed developers having a good uptake of .NET 3.0 apps for Windows Vista . So I thought why not blog about these real-world...
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    Strategy + tactics = success

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    I was getting ready to speak in front of a large group recently and was looking for something to illustrate the point about how having a good business strategy followed by a great execution capability is critical for any business to be successful. I came...
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    Software Factories: 100,000 served!

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    When a car company needs to create a new car, they don’t go down to the local hardware store to buy generic parts and tools, and start putting them all together. Instead they have highly specialized factories, using customized processes and tools, designed...
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    Bug Fixes in VS 2005 SP1

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    Last month, I announced the release of Visual Studio 2005 SP1 . One of the pieces of feedback that I got from a lot of you is a list of which bugs have been fixed in SP1. In response to that feedback, we have now published a list of all of the 398 customer...
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    Product Launch Galore

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    It is always fun and exciting to be able to show off the products that teams have been hard at work for a long time, sometimes as long as 5 years J . With Windows Vista, 2007 Microsoft Office System and Exchange Server 2007 have been RTM’ed (released...
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    Five Things You Didn't Know About Me

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    Brian tagged me and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share a little bit about me that not many people know about. 1. I dropped out of college – I had started my Ph.D. in State University of New York at Buffalo . A little bit into the...
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