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Jeremy Mazner, Technical Evangelist

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    What? They cut WinFS??

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    There has been a great deal of hubub about what Jay Greene’s BusinessWeek article means for Longhorn, and WinFS in particular. I’ve been surprised by the general silence on MS blogs on this topic – which is perhaps an indication that...
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    Alas for the easter eggs...

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    Remember back when Microsoft apps had cool easter eggs ? Easter eggs were always a fun way for the development team to leave their mark on history. Maybe your favorite feature got cut, but hey, your name was there in lights for all to see! Leading...
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    Tackling the meta-crap challenge

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    What better motivation to get back into blogging than a challenge from fellow Microsoftie Dare: “ The WinFS folks and Longhorn evangelists will probably keep focusing on what I have termed “bad scenarios” because they demo well...
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    When good ideas look bad

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    Chris’s blog has been particularly good at making clear the process a product team will go through to try to ship a product that meets their users’ needs. Certainly on the product teams I worked on, we made decisions based on what would be...
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    Jon Udell questions the value and direction of WinFS

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    Jon Udell at InfoWorld is doing a series of blog entries on Longhorn. Feedster just discovered his first one, from Wednesday on the justifcation for WinFS defining a new way to manage metadata . It's a well written entry, and deserves a well thought...
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    PDC planning and your input

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    Back in January, my manager ( Steve Cellini ) mentioned that he’d kindly volunteered me to be Content Owner for PDC . I haven’t blogged about that yet, as I’ve been spending the past 6 weeks trying to get my head wrapped around what exactly it is that...
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    What happened to WinFS?

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    Friday’s announcement has left a lot of people asking what happened to WinFS? The short answer is: nothing. But a lot happened to Windows. As I explained in my previous post, the customer and developer feedback we’ve been getting was consistent on two...
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    WinFS Scenario #3: focusing your dev time on what really matters

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    Wikis seem to be catching on some at Microsoft. Several product teams are using Wikis to brainstorm features and product design, or even more mundane things like recording meeting notes. I love the simple collaborative nature of a Wiki, the openness that...
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    What happened to Longhorn?

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    Well, that was an exciting announcement. There’s a good CNET interview with BillG that provides insight into the decision. Here’s my perspective on what happened We’ve gotten a lot of feedback from customers about WinFX. Among the things we heard: Indigo...
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    Okay, forget the easter eggs

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    Haven't yet seen one person in favor of easter eggs, and in fact Tom points out that Microsoft's own book on security best practices proscribes avoiding easter eggs. So I'm willing to be swayed by the masses (or at least the few of you who posted comments...
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    Now hiring: Internet Explorer Technical Evangelist

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    My team is also hiring a Technical Evangelist to focus on Internet Explorer . The goal of the IE evangelist (IEvangelist? not bad for a business card title…) is to help the web developer community take best advantage of new features and security mechanisms...
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    Capacity planning for PDC

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    There's an interesting discussion about PDC over at Yahoo Groups' Windows Technical: Off Topic forum . Kevin Hegg writes : The last three PDC's were overcrowded, with the last PDC being the worst. The solution seems pretty simple to me. Stop selling more...
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    WinFS Scenario #2: event planning

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    For my second not-bad WinFS scenario , I’m going to again avoid anything that requires a bunch of new work entering or editing meta-data. We’ll get to those eventually, but I want to emphasize that WinFS can be useful without requiring the...
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    Easter egg follow-up

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    Tom says there's no excuse for adding easter eggs . I think this post of mine has generated more activity than anything I've written about WinFS or Longhorn ;) I'm not going to advocate that every developer ought be able to spend as much time as they...
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    WinFS designers on .NET show -- what would you ask?

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    Robert Hess tells me the next episode of The .NET Show on MSDN will cover WinFS. He's interested in feedback on what topics you'd like to see covered. His guests will be: Mike Deem , Quentin Clark , and Anil Nori . What would you ask these guys...
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    Did I misunderstand Udell's argument against WinFS?

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    Several responses to my last post on Jon Udell’s entries on WinFS suggest that I didn’t get the Jon's point at all. Dare wrote “ You missed his point almost completely .” And David (no blog link provided) said “ Next time...
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    The most important PDC decision we'll make

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    This week, the team is under an enormous amount of stress as the deadline approaches for the decision that will make or break PDC 2005: the swag bag. Sitting in Steve's office are three different styles of computer bag, and we must choose which one we...
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    What makes for a good PDC session?

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    The closer the PDC track team comes to locking down our session list, the more we hear from internal Microsoft platform folks who wonder why their sessions didn't make the cut (or why out of the 10 sessions they proposed, only 1 got approved). When the...
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    How I think about the Windows Vista platform

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    There are a ton of new features in the Windows Vista platform (thousands of new APIs), some of which are accessible on Windows XP and Server 2003 via redistributable runtimes. Because of those runtimes, we often hear confusion from partners about how...
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    "You work for crooks, Jeremy"

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    I got into an interesting discussion in the comments on Dan Gillmor’s column about Microsoft’s behavior. Dan concludes that “Microsoft won’t reform itself.” Because I like my job and don’t like sitting in depositions...
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    WinFS Senario #1: adding music to movies

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    For my first not-bad WinFS scenario , I wanted to pick something simple. No big behavior shifts to start adding new metadata, no huge rewriting of applications, etc. I settled on adding background music to home movies. I’ve been editing together...
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    SP2 working well for me

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    With SP2 released and available via Windows Update, I wanted to update all my machines. Here's my brief summary of how my upgrades went. Home machine #1: Toshiba Portege R100. Upgraded from XP SP1 to SP2 via Windows Update. Results: Flawless. Install...
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    IEvangelist's biggest challenge

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    Sweet, the post about the IE job has been up for two hours, and already the blogsphere is making it clear why it will be a great challenge to tackle. David Betz: Wanted: Technical evangelist who has never tried Firefox Being a Lornhorn evangelist...
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    Lazycoder doesn't think PDC is worth the cost

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    Lazycoder : Microsoft Tech Ed and PDC not worth the time or money What do you really miss by not going to a PDC ? You miss a chance to learn about upcoming MS technology directly from the architects and developers who are building it, and you miss a chance...
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    PDC pre-conference: 1 day, or 2?

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    I’m trying to figure out how we should handle the PDC pre-conference this year, and wanted to see if anyone has input for us. At last year’s PDC, we provided a day of pre-conference content. For an extra fee, PDC attendees could register to attend one...
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