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  • Somasegar's blog

    Happy New Year!

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    Wish you all a very Happy New Year! No matter who we are in this world, one of the things that is given equally to all of us is 24 hours in a day. None of us have the ability to get more time in a day. I personally encourage myself and my family...
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    Next PDC - October 2007

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    Recently, we decided to do our next PDC in October of 2007. PDC focuses on the strategic vision for the Microsoft platform over the course of the next couple of years or so, and we emphasize technology capabilities and architecture more than training...
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    VS 2005 SP1 is released!

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    We released Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 earlier today. This Service Pack addresses a range of issues that were found through customer and partner feedback as well as our own internal testing. Many of these issues were reported by you and I...
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    Direct download available for popular Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes

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    One of the pieces of feedback that I have consistently heard from a lot of you is to make it easy for you to find, and more importantly have access to the latest Visual Studio 2005 hotfixes . In the past, you had to contact Microsoft Developer Support...
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    RC of MSDNWiki available

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    Today, we announced the broad customer availability of the Community Content feature for the Visual Studio 2005 documentation and the .NET 3.0 Class Library on MSDN Online. The Community Content feature allows our community of developers worldwide...
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    A key milestone on the "user experience" journey

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    Over the past year you have heard me talk about the importance of user experience as a central part of software creation. Increasingly customers and businesses are looking at differentiated, rich user experiences as a key success factor. Our goal...
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    What I learn from a hot air balloon story?

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    As you can imagine, part of my job is to ensure that we have the right balance of technology and business leadership principles in my division as we drive technology innovation and move the business forward. I came across this story the other day that...
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    Virtual Earth 3D

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    Last week’s launch of Virtual Earth 3D now makes Microsoft’s new online mapping platform available to Web developers as well as Live Local Search customers. Virtual Earth 3D provides developers with an immersive 3D application environment to implement...
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    This week's excitement continues...

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    In addition to the products that we released earlier this week (see my previous blog ), there are also a couple of other things we made available that are exciting to developers. We announced these in Las Vegas (VSConnections) and Barcelona (TechEd Developer...
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    What a week!

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    I am on the road this week traveling outside of the United States. This has given me an opportunity to sort of step back and look at some of what has happened this week. Between Windows Vista, Office 2007, .NET FX 3.0, Visual Studio Tools for Office...
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    Tools to help developers build solutions for Office 2007

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    Over the last decade or even longer, Microsoft Office has provided the types of rich, robust software applications that information workers needed to do their jobs. Microsoft Office began by providing tools that enabled users to create and manage their...
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    Improve PHP Performance on Windows

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    Earlier this week, we announced a technical collaboration with Zend to improve the performance of PHP on Windows. As part of this collaboration Zend will identify and fix issues related to PHP performance/stability on Windows and submit these changes...
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    Giving Back to the Community

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    A while ago I blogged about Unitus and the great work they are doing in the area of microfinance. Currently, we are going through “Giving Campaign” at Microsoft where we focus on increasing the awareness of giving back to the community. It is awesome...
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    My recent conversation w/channel 9

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    Recently, I had an opportunity to talk to Charles Torre from the channel 9 team. As always, it was fun. The fact that it is unscripted and not knowing what Charles is going to ask you makes it all the more fun. We ended up talking on a broad set of topics...
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    WPF, User Experience and You

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    Windows Vista is round the corner. Windows Presentation Foundation that is shipping as a part of Vista is a great step forward as developers think about differentiated user experiences. WPF is a Windows Vista era of smart-client technology that...
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    Welcome aboard, John Lam!

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    I am excited to announce that John Lam will be joining the .NET Developer Platform team in January 2007. John comes with a great background in dynamic languages. He implemented the popular RubyCLR , which is a Ruby bridge to the .NET Framework. John is...
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    Internet Explorer 7.0

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    It is personally fun and exciting for me to see other teams around Microsoft do great work. Today, the IE team shipped Internet Explorer 7 for Windows XP. Congratulations to the team! IE7 makes it easier and safer to browse and develop for the Web...
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    Next step in VS 2005 SDK

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    A couple of weeks ago, we delivered the Visual Studio 2005 SDK v3.0 on the Microsoft Download Center. This is a good milestone for our VSIP partners as well as the broad community , as it contains many exciting features that allow people to extend Visual...
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    Walking down the memory lane

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    I had the opportunity to visit Louisiana State University this past week. Having graduated from there back in 1988, I am visiting that town after a span of 18 years. The campus itself hasn't changed a whole lot - more people, more cars and more traffic...
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    Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta and Visual Studio support for Vista

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    Today, I’m pleased to announce the availability of the beta of Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1. Based on your feedback, Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 addresses issues that were found through a combination of customer reports, MSDN Product Feedback...
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    Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs

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    Earlier this week, we released the first set of Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs. Visual Basic 2005 Power Packs are controls, components, tools and add-ins that give the Visual Basic developer more power and productivity to create great business applications...
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    Jim Allchin's letter to developers

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    Being a platform company at heart, the developer audience is super important to us at Microsoft. As you know, I enjoy highlighting new technologies from across the company that are relevant to developers and showing how we’re providing tools that enable...
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    VSTO 2005 Second Edition Beta

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    Those of you who have worked with Microsoft Office 2003 or the 2007 Microsoft Office system know that they provide developers with a wide array of features upon which they can build robust business applications. This story improves dramatically between...
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    New Team Foundation Server (TFS) Power Toys

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    Yesterday, the Visual Studio Team Foundation Server team released a series of new Power Toys . While versions of the Power Toys have been released previously, this is the first time they have included functionality that integrates seamlessly into the...
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    IronPython 1.0

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    I blogged earlier about us delivering a release candidate of IronPython. Today, we released IronPython 1.0. You can download it from CodePlex . This is a great milestone not just for IronPython but for the .NET platform as a great platform for dynamic...
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