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  • Somasegar's blog

    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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    Expression Web

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    Earlier today, the team signed off on Beta1 for Expression Web (formerly known as Expression Web Designer) which provides you with a rich set of tools to build high quality, standards-based web sites. You can download this beta from Expression Web...
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    Translation Wiki

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    One of our goals is to expand the availability of relevant technical content to a wider, global audience of developers. The MSDN Wiki team ( I blogged about their beta release in June) recently added a section to their site that provides a huge...
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    Application Extensibility

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    By providing extensions to your application functionality and in turn allowing 3rd party developers to consume your public API's, you create an ecosystem that developers love and more importantly creates value to the customer/consumer. As a platform company...
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    An afternoon w/Lena Tamizhvanan

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    Those of you who are from South India, particularly from the State of Tamil Nadu, will probably know of Mr. Tamizhvanan, who founded the Kalkandu magazine and was a prolific writer in his days. I got a chance to spend a couple of hours with his son, Mr...
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    Light up your applications on Windows Vista

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    As I promised a few blog entries ago, I’m going to be blogging regularly on new developer technologies that are coming as a part of Windows Vista. Today, I want to start off by answering one question that I often get asked by developers - how can they...
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    VS .NET 2003 SP1 is available!

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    Today I’m pleased to announce the availability of Visual Studio .NET 2003 Service Pack 1 (VS .NET 2003 SP1). For those of you unaware of the Service Pack process, the goal is to make sure that we capture and address issues with the released product and...
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    Imagine Cup 2007

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    At the end of the Imagine Cup 2006 Finals today, we announced that the next year's Imagine Cup Finals will be held in Korea. The theme for the next year's Imagine Cup event is "Imagine a world where technology enables education for all". It sounds...
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    Technology to enable us lead healthier lives

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    This is the theme for the Imagine Cup 2006 - Imagine a world where technology enables us to lead healthier lives. I am sitting here currently in one of the final sessions where the final 6 teams from around the world in the Software Design category...
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    Windows Vista developer story

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    Over the course of Microsoft’s history, there have been a few seminal events that enable a whole new generation of applications such as the launch of Windows 95 and the advent of the .NET Framework. With the impending release of Windows Vista and the...
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