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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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    The Holy Grail in Healthcare

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    I continue to be super impressed at how far we have come along in terms of technology playing a critical role in healthcare. A few days ago, one of my colleagues had to spend a day at the hospital for an endoscopy. The doctor inserted and attached a capsule...
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    Virtuous Feedback Loop

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    Having a virtuous feedback loop built into a system is absolutely critical for the system to constantly learn, get feedback and improve. Inside Microsoft, we do an employee survey to get feedback from the employees on a variety of different topics both...
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    Unit Testing

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    Customer visits are one of the more fun parts of my job. Last week, Scott Wiltamuth and I visited three large enterprise customers to understand how they are using (or not using) our tools and technologies, what works well for them, what doesn’t work...
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    "Rumors of my (VB6) demise..."

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    As Mark Twain once famously said, “Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated.” I’ve thought this same thing as I’ve read many of the comments in the press and the blogosphere over the past couple of days about the “end” of support for VB6. What...
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    Live Chat with Eric Rudder on 3/18 about VS2005

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    Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 , code named Whidbey, will radically improve developer productivity while continuing to provide full access to the Microsoft .NET Framework. If early feedback from our beta customers is any indication, this will move the dial...
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    Java language support

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    I just noticed that the VJ# Developer Center has been updated recently to show the J# MVP’s. It is exciting to read about the MVPs who are out there helping in the developer community every day. Since I’m on the subject of J#, I wanted to take this opportunity...
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    Enterprise Library

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    Last week I had the opportunity to meet with a group of MVPs in Hyderabad . I was there to spend a few days with the Microsoft India Development Center folks and took the opportunity to meet with the local community. I really love these meetings because...
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    Research in Software Development

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    We are nearing the home stretch for Visual Studio 2005. While I am very excited about the potential impact of this release, I am equally if not more excited about the research we have underway in the Microsoft Research labs, particularly around software...
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    Tools to help you write secure code

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    Earlier today, Bill Gates spoke at the RSA Conference 2005 in San Francisco . Bill spoke about a Gartner report which looked at security problems and reported that 75 percent of all security problems occur at the applications level. He mentioned that...
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    It's all about setting expectations clearly

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    I read this article in CNet today about how Betas are becoming longer and how the lines between a Beta and the final product are blurring. As you know, Microsoft Visual Studio took the lead in releasing CTPs (Community Technology Previews). Other products...
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    Thin vs Rich vs Smart Clients

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    Tomorrow (2/7) I will be delivering t he keynote address at VSLive in San Francisco . My talk will highlight the incredible momentum behind .NET and focus on Connected Systems – especially Smart Clients and Visual Studio Team System. I don’t want to go...
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    WinForms "contest"

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    Delivering high quality technologies, products and services is absolutely a top of mind, high priority focus item for Microsoft. We continue to expend a lot of our energies, resources and time looking for innovative ways of improving overall quality that...
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    New/updated Icon Sets with Visual Studio 2005

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    Visual Studio installs with a collection of bitmaps, cursors, icons, metafiles, and videos to assist developers with Windows and Web application development. The collection of image resources from various Microsoft products has accumulated over time,...
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