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    What a week!

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    I am on the road this week traveling outside of the United States. This has given me an opportunity to sort of step back and look at some of what has happened this week. Between Windows Vista, Office 2007, .NET FX 3.0, Visual Studio Tools for Office...
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    Interop Forms Toolkit v2.0

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    Yesterday, we released version 2.0 of the Interop Forms Toolkit , one of several Visual Basic Power Packs we have developed over the past year that help bridge the gap between Visual Basic 6 and Visual Basic 2005. The Interop Forms Toolkit 2.0 allows...
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    IIS and Apache

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    I blogged recently about a go-live for IIS7 as part of Longhorn Server Beta 3. One of the core value propositions that we are delivering with Longhorn Server is the next big step on web server capabilities with IIS7. Sometimes, people do ask me about...
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    Defy All Challenges

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    I am not necessarily the best creative guy or the best marketing guy. But even I know that we could do more in terms of being creative in our marketing and advertising to better resonate with people. A little over a year ago, my team released a...
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    IIS 7.0 Beta3 with Go Live license

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    I am excited to say that yesterday my team released Beta 3 of IIS7 in conjunction with Windows Server Codename “Longhorn” Beta 3. As part of this release, Microsoft is also offering a Go Live license for IIS7 that provides production use rights...
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    Imagine Cup 2006

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    This is the fourth year of the Imagine Cup tournament that is happening. Our goal with the Imagine Cup is to provide a forum for students around the world who are like-minded and passionate about using technology to solve real-world problems come toghther...
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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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    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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    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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    Open + XML + Developer = OpenXMLDeveloper.org

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    A few days ago, Microsoft led the creation of a new organization called OpenXMLDeveloper.org . The goal of this community is to exchange information about the usage of the ecma -developed Office Open XML file formats. Founding members include Apple...
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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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    "Bug of the Week" award

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    Since the launch of the MSDN Product Feedback Center , we have been getting a steady stream of your (customer) feedback on bugs that you encounter, suggestions for product improvements, features that you deeply care about, etc. Each and every piece of...
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    Students today - Leaders Tomorrow

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    I am writing this entry as I sit in my hotel room in Sao Paulo following the end of the Imagine Cup 2004 Tournament. I was here to do a keynote to kickoff the TechEd and PDC events in Brazil as well as to award the winners of the Imagine Cup 2004...
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    To customize or not to customize?

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    Earlier this week I had the opportunity to talk at the Microsoft VBA Technical Partner Summit. We basically hosted about 100+ Visual Basic for Application ISV partners (some on-site and some online who participated through Microsoft Live Meeting). Some...
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    From the land of DisneyWorld - VSLive!

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    Yesterday I delivered the opening keynote at the VSLive! conference in Orlando, Florida . At the keynote, I narrated an interesting incident that took place during one of our photo shoots for a Visual Studio ad campaign that we pulled together a couple...
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    Security - How we enable you to write secure code

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    A couple of weeks ago I hosted a meeting with a group of CxOs where I spoke about Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing initiative and Microsoft’s commitment to security. I spoke at length about improvements in our internal efforts to build and release secure...
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    The ISV Buddy Program - Access to "an insider" at Microsoft

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    If you are an ISV out there building on our greatest and latest platform and technologies, wouldn’t it be very nice to know an insider at Microsoft who can be your buddy – to answer any questions you might have, to help you get access to the...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Countdown to Sao Paulo

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    Right now, we are 446 hours away from the Imagine Cup announcement of the 2004 winners. This is the second annual Imagine Cup contest currently under way. For those of you who haven’t heard about this, Imagine Cup is a technology contest that provides...
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