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    Women in Computer Science

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    A couple of months ago, Bill Gates joined Rick Rashid, senior Vice President, Microsoft Research and Maria Klawe, dean of engineering and applied science, Princeton University on stage at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit. Reading through the transcript...
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    Universal Language

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    What is the universal language, if any? Humanity, kindness, love, etc. comes to mind as a potential answer for this question. This is what I would have answered until yesterday. Today, I am here in the beautiful city of Yokohoma , Japan to participate...
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    Imagine Cup 2005 Finals

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    This week the Imagine Cup 2005 Worldwide Finals are taking place in Japan . Those who read my blog know how excited I get about the innovative projects participating students have dreamed up this year. I could go on for pages about the power of software...
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    Long live C++

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    In an interview at the April 2005 ACCU Conference, Bjarne Stroustrup, the creator of C++ said that it is a misconception that C++ will be taken over by newer languages. I am sure the 3+ million C++ programmers around the world would concur with that....
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    Devices support in VS 2005

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    One of the advantages of self-hosting (we often call it internally as dog-fooding) is to get a chance to play with the latest and greatest. Along those lines, the Visual Studio for Devices team gave me a new smartphone yesterday. I was playing around...
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    More on Arfa...

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    I blogged the other day about Arfa, who became a MCP when she was just 9 years old. Todd Bishop with the Seattle PI wrote a very interesting article that profiles Arfa which got published yesterday. Alongside the article, Todd also put up audio...
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    World's youngest MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)

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    With every new generation, you see people achieving great successes and accomplishments at an earlier age than the previous generations. This is a natural part of evolution and also partly due to technological advances that enable people to access information...
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    "SAI" - 3 basic principles

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    I recently invited a bunch of people to participate in a brain-storming session for one of our new products. To make the session productive, I started off by listing a few guiding principles because I strongly believe that having the right principles...
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    Distributed Development

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    The world is becoming a smaller place every day. With economic globalization, geographic distances in the business world are becoming more and more irrelevant, particularly if you think about the information world. Gone are the days when developers...
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    Turning ideas into reality

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    At Microsoft, we have a research organization focused on different aspects of computer science that we call MSR (Microsoft Research) . We started this effort back in 1991 and in my opinion, our research group has done a fantastic job of balancing the...
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    My latest work of "art"

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    I consider myself an amateur photographer. I have always been excited about taking panoramic pictures, but never wanted to invest in a super high end camera that enables me to do that. The “image stitching” feature in Acrylic is a boon for amateurs like...
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    Visual Studio 2005 June CTP

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    Earlier today, we put out the June 2005 Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Visual Studio 2005. This CTP consists of Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server. As usual...
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    MFC

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    I have recently been getting some questions about MFC - particularly in terms of what is new w/MFC in Visual Studio 2005 and our future plans. The team posted some information on the C++ developer center in MSDN. Click here for more information on this...
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    Acrylic - for Professional Designers

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    I’m really excited to tell you that today we’re making available a beta of “ Acrylic ” - the codename for a new graphics product for professional designers. A little while ago, Microsoft acquired Creature House, makers of creative design toolset Creature...
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    XML Tools in VS 2005

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    This year, we moved closer to greater interoperability with Microsoft Office documents with the announcement of the Microsoft Office XML. As Bill Gates outlined in his latest executive email , this will usher in a new generation of productivity software...
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    Yet another customer request - VB Refactoring

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    I blogged the other day about the top customer issues that we have fixed based on customer feedback via the MSDN Feedback Center. That basically talks about that the things that we have fixed in Visual Studio 2005. There are other ways we respond to customer...
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    Top 10 customer issues in Visual Studio 2005

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    MSDN Product Feedback Center is one of the best things we have done recently in an effort to stay better connected with our customers. Having this as a feedback mechanism to help understand what is foremost on our customers’ minds in Visual Studio 2005...
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    Happy Anniversary - One year and counting...

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    It’s been a year since we met. I still remember how I spent literally 3 hours (20 minutes to write and 2 hours 40 minutes reviewing each word 25 times) to write my first blog entry. Since then, I have gotten much more efficient about blogging :) . ...
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    VS2005 and .NET FX 2.0 Application Compatibility

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    In every major release like Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0, we spend a lot of effort ensuring application compatibility with previous versions. We do a lot of testing and internal reviews to ensure that your applications continue to work...
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    Imagine Cup 2005

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    Anyone who knows me understands how passionate I am about encouraging student interest in science and technology, especially, of course, in the Computer Sciences. Students represent the next generation of technology leaders, and it is the responsibility...
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    Source Control in VS2005

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    One of the questions I keep getting asked a lot is how do I think about Visual Source Safe versus the new one that will be a part of Team Foundation Server with Visual Studio 2005. Developers working alone, or on a small team can enjoy the improvements...
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    .NET CF

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    I recently read a report from the European market analysis firm Datamonitor on the competitive state of mobile business application development tools. I was very happy to see that they predict Windows Mobile and the .NET Compact Framework as best positioned...
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    From Russia, With Love!

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    I am a big fan of the James Bond series of films and to this day, "From Russia With Love" remains one of my favorite James Bond movies, not to mention Sean Connery's fabulous role as the 007 agent in the movie. In any case, I am getting to spend a...
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    Why did we not deliver VS2005 Beta 2 end of March?

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    In software development, there is the "triangle" that teams have to navigate through while shipping a product – the triangle of quality, features and time to market. There are always trade-offs to make but in my mind if push comes to shove quality wins...
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    Visual Studio 2005 (Whidbey) Beta 2 ships!

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    Late last week, we signed off on Visual Studio 2005 and .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2. I know that a lot of you have been eagerly and anxiously waiting for Beta2 and here we go. The Beta 2 bits went live on MSDN this past weekend. In addition to meeting...
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