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  • Somasegar's blog

    CTP for Visual Studio Tools for Office

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    Today, at the Office Developer Conference (ODC), we announced the availability of the first CTP of the next version of Visual Studio Tools for Office. This CTP introduces the VSTO support that will be made available for the breadth of Office 12...
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    User Experience matters!

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    Today User Experience matters more than ever before. In the past, there was more of a focus on building the right functionality and the right business logic, and user experience was an after-thought. Things are changing and the world is now evolving...
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    "Made in Express"

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    This week we launched a new contest I wanted to tell you about – called the Made In Express Contest . The idea of the contest is to highlight cool people doing cool things using our Visual Studio Express and SQL Server Express products. As we spea...
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    Team Foundation Server is now here!

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    In case you haven’t heard the good news, Rick Laplante launched Team Foundation Server today at SDWest. The team is finishing up the final sign-off process and will be releasing the final bits to manufacturing tomorrow. It’s a proud moment for the whole...
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    Enabling a broad, vibrant VS ecosystem

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    When I think about Visual Studio, the first and foremost thing that comes to my mind is that we have a great tools platform – one that we build tools on as part of the Visual Studio family and the others a set of rich tools offerings that our partners...
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    Expression Tools Team Blog

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    The Expression Tools team recently started a team blog site. If you are interested in hearing from the team members who are building the Expression family of tools (Graphic Designer, Interactive Designer and Web Designer) or want to interact with the...
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    Thinking "outside-the-box"

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    Rumor has it that Charles H. Duell, the U.S. Commissioner of Patents, in 1899 once said "Everything that can be invented has been invented." and recommended that the U.S. patent office be closed down. If true, clearly Charles H. Duell had a problem thinking...
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    InfoCard in WinFX

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    I always get confused, annoyed, forgetful when it comes to remembering the myriad of digital identities that I have to deal with. I am sure this is true for most everyone in the online world. The lack of a unified digital identity has led to phishing...
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    Follow-up from VSLive last week

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    Last week, as part of my keynote at VSLive in San Francisco, I talked about 2 upcoming milestones and deliverables from the Developer Division: 1. Release Candidate for Team Foundation Server - The team signed off on the Release Candidate bits on Friday...
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    At your service...

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    Today we launched the Visual Studio and .NET Framework Servicing site on MSDN. The site includes new information about the Visual Studio and .NET Framework servicing roadmap and our servicing process. It also aggregates a large amount of information...
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    A World of New Opportunity

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    I had an opportunity to spend a couple of weeks in New Zealand recently. It is a very pretty place with lots of natural beauty and interesting outdoor activities. It reminded me of the Pacific Northwest a lot. In that context, it was interesting to note...
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    .NET Enterprise Library v2.0

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    Last week, the Patterns & Practices team released v2.0 of Enterprise Library – a library of application blocks designed to assist developers with common enterprise development challenges. Application blocks are a type of guidance, provided as source...
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    Next milestone for Expression tools

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    Today, we are shipping the first CTP of “Sparkle” (Expression Interactive Designer) and the next CTP of “Acrylic” (Expression Graphic Designer). You can download the CTP drops for both the products from the Expression website . As you know, we announced...
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    CTP: Data and Language coming together in VB

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    Since delivering Visual Basic 8.0 in VS 2005, the VB team has been working on the next generation language extensions and enhancements – Visual Basic 9.0. VB 9.0 offers language extensions to support data-intensive programming in a unified way i.e. creating...
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    Strategic thinking

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    There is something mystical about the word “strategy”. People love to use strategy in a variety of different context – business strategy, technical strategy, product strategy, process strategy, people strategy, competitive strategy, winning strategy,...
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    Mobility is the name of the game

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    The world is becoming a smaller place everyday. People are becoming more and more mobile. Device proliferation has been and will continue to be huge. If you look at all these trends, it is no wonder that smart devices will play more and more an important...
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    What does "Live" mean for developers

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    A couple of months ago we announced two new Internet based services from Microsoft - Windows Live and Office Live . These services demonstrate how software is evolving through the power of services. Now, what do these services mean for the developer...
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    MIX

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    MIX is designed to be a 72-hour conversation about enhancing Web-based customer interactions. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear Bill Gates and other industry leaders talk about the new and unique experiences that can be delivered over the Web...
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    Coding4Fun Holiday Gift Guide

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    One of the great things about our developer community is the sheer breadth of developers we have using Microsoft tools, from high-end enterprise developers building mission-critical applications using Visual Studio Team System to hobbyists, enthusiasts...
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    A world of opportunities!

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    As we head into the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to reflect what we have accomplished this past year and my excitement moving forward. Without a doubt, the release of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 was our biggest accomplishment...
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    What matters?

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    I was thinking about work and trying to think about what matters in that context. At a high level, there are 3 things that come to the top of the list for me. I get an opportunity to make a difference (I have a positive impact) I get a chance...
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    MSDN benefits for partners

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    I have received a number of questions from our partners regarding the new MSDN benefits provided by the Microsoft Partner Program. As we worked with the Microsoft Partner Program to revise the benefits for Visual Studio 2005, our goal was to provide...
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    Self-hosting of VSTS

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    In my recent customer visits, I have been asked by quite a few people about how we are self-hosting (aka “dogfooding” which is the internal moniker for taking a bet on our own technology and product even before we ask our customers to do so) on the latest...
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    Multi-targeting of .NET FX in Visual Studio

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    I have been asked by a number of people as to why Visual Studio 2005 targets only one version of the .NET Framework, specifically in this case, .NET FX 2.0. John Rivard, in the Visual Studio team, recently wrote a good blog that explains this in...
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    'Avalanche' of information/bits

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    The frequent Community Technology Previews (CTPs), Betas and other kinds of information across the different products often end up causing a virtual ‘avalanche’ of information flow for our customers. These information 'avalanches’ pose problems related...
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