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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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    MSDN Forums

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    Have you checked out the MSDN Forums lately? Customers continually tell me the most important community feature is being able to find quick, accurate answers to technical questions - using online communities as a way to stay connected and leverage...
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    What do I look for in Microsoft hires?

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    I have often been asked by professionals and students – “What do you look for when you interview a candidate for a job at Microsoft ? ” There is abundant information on the internet regarding Microsoft interview questions . Regardless of the questions...
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    MSDN Search

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    If you have ever used MSDN , you would agree when I say that the #1 request, by a huge margin, from our customers is improved search. The MSDN team at Microsoft has been working on improving search. Recently, the team launched a new MSDN Search...
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    Chat w/Ken Levy on VB.Net

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    Ken Levy recently came and chatted with me about VB.NET in Visual Studio 2005 for a channel 9 posting. Ken, as you probably know, has been a long term fan, advocate, customer, product planner and a team member of the Visual Fox Pro team in the Developer...
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    What's next for us?

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    Now that the launch of Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 is over – or should I say the worldwide series of launch events has just begun, because we literally are covering over 240 cities spanning 90 countries touching hundreds...
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    The journey

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    Without going into any details, I can tell you that this whole week has been quite an interesting, learning and humbling experience for me. Thankfully, it has nothing to do with Visual Studio 2005 or .NET Framework 2.0, but nonetheless work related. ...
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    Beginner's luck

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    A few days ago, I had the opportunity to join my colleagues – Ted Kummert , Paul Flessner , Andy Lees, Steven Guggenheimer and Ilya Bukshteyn for a friendly game of Blackjack on ‘ Microsoft After Dark: The Launch Show ’. In addition, we also had Kate...
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    Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 shipped!

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    Earlier today, we shipped Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0! This is by far the best Visual Studio and .NET Framework release that we have ever done. I am very proud to be a part of the team that did a phenomenal job of delivering this fantastic...
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    Dream big

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    Last week I had a chance to talk about Leadership to a group of senior managers in one of the business groups at Microsoft. One nugget that I shared with that crowd is something that I wanted to share broadly. In my opinion, the first and foremost...
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    MVP Summit

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    We recently hosted a conference for our Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs). Over a thousand of our MVPs for all products attended the summit from all over the world. From a timing perspective, this was great having this right on the heels of the PDC....
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    Key trends in software development

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    I keep getting asked frequently what some of the key trends are that I see which will have a big impact on how we develop software. Here are five such trends that come to my mind: Concurrency: What’s next with microprocessors? If you talk to the...
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    channel 9 - Here I come!

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    Recently, Andy Lees (VP of Server and Tools Marketing), Ted Kummert (VP of BizTalk Server) and I had a chance to interact with Robert Scoble and Jennifer Ritzinger at Microsoft for channel 9. You can view this channel 9 session here . This gave...
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