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Visual Studio 2012 and Windows 8 Available for Developers!

August 17th, 2012 No comments

While I was away at summer camp (That Conference), a couple of really important events took place for developers:

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 now available!


Windows 8 RTM is available for Developers!

This is the day many of us have been waiting for as we now have the production bits at our disposable to go off and create amazing apps.

Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 brings along many new features including new tools to support you as you develop Windows 8 apps. From XAML to C++ to HTML 5 and JavaScript, the tools and technology are there to allow developers with an array of different skill sets to build truly amazing apps on Windows 8. Windows 8 isn’t the only target platform for Visual Studio 2012 as there are new tools and productivity features to build great Cloud-based applications, Mobile applications, Web applications, Business applications as well as Games and other 3D applications. Jason Zander provides a list of his Top 12 areas of Visual Studio 2012.

The Visual Studio team will be celebrating the launch of Visual Studio 2012 with a special virtual launch event on September 12th.

Windows 8

Over on the Windows 8 App Developer blog, Ian Legrow outlines the ways in which you can get your hands on the final bits of Windows 8. If you have an MSDN Subscription or TechNet Subscription those respective download services have the bits waiting for you to download. If you are a participant in other programs, there is a post on the Windows Team blog on you can go about getting the bits as well. If you are not a participant in any of these programs, you can download a 90-day evaluation of Windows 8 Enterprise edition for developers.

Head on over to the Windows Dev Center for the latest in resources to get you ramped up and ready to build amazing Windows 8 apps, including samples, design assets, toolkits, and additional SDK’s for integrating with Live services and integrating PubCenter advertising into your apps.

Categories: Visual Studio, Windows

ANN: Visual Studio 2010 Launch Comes to Chicago on April 29th

April 5th, 2010 No comments



Visual Studio 2010 will ship on April 12th. We will be celebrating this HUGE release with a number of LIVE launch events taking place around the US as well as the World. The theme for this launch event is “Life Runs on Code”. We will have sessions covering  Application Lifecycle Management, SharePoint 2010 and Office 2010 development, Windows, Web as well as the recently announced Windows Phone 7 development all with Visual Studio 2010.

One of the first launch events will be taking place in Chicago on April 29th. I will be presenting the Web and Windows Phone 7 sessions in Chicago. We hope to see you there!

What: Visual Studio 2010 Launch (Chicago)

Where: Chicago Marriott Oak Brook, 1401 W. 22nd Street, Oak Brook, IL (map)

When: Thursday, April 29th, 2010



These events are happening all over the US, for other cities, visit the Launch site. We are also hosting a number of smaller launch events. You can find a city near you by visiting MSDN Events.

Resources from MSDN Event – Visual Studio 2010, .NET 4.0, SharePoint 2010

March 12th, 2010 No comments

Visual Studio 2010 Release Candidate – Now Available

February 9th, 2010 No comments


The release of Visual Studio 2010 is right around the corner. For several months, developers have been plugging away at the Beta bits and we have received valuable feedback. Based upon that feedback, the Visual Studio team has decided to push out a Release Candidate (RC) that is now available for you to download.

Jason Zander provides some additional details regarding the RC

We got a lot of invaluable feedback on Beta 2 through Connect as well as your survey responses.  In particular many of you pointed out areas of performance where we were not at parity with VS2008 and it was impacting your ability to adopt the product.  Some of those areas of feedback included general UI responsiveness (including painting, menus, remote desktop and VMs), editing (typing, scrolling, and Intelisense), designers (Silverlight and WPF in particular), improved memory usage, debugging (stepping, managed / native interop), build times, and solution/project load.

You can now download the Visual Studio Release Candidate and continue to provide your valuable feedback.

Scott Guthrie is taking it one step further by inviting you to submit your feedback to the Visual Studio Connect website, but also sending him an email directly:

Our goal with releasing the public RC build today is to get a lot of eyes on the product helping to find and report the remaining bugs we need to fix.  If you do find an issue, please submit a bug report via the Visual Studio Connect site and also please send me an email directly ( with details about it.  I can then route your email to someone to investigate and follow-up directly (which can help expedite the investigation).

The team is also looking for feedback regarding the install experience as well.

Visual Studio 2010 is a MAJOR release. A number of items (based on customer feedback) has been ripped and replaced with leading-edge technologies. All of this effort to gain customer feedback is to make sure we’re ALL (Microsoft and the community of developers and users) is happy with this release. We all want a tool that is going to help us succeed in what we do – write software!

Go download the bits now!



Event: Visual Studio Testing Tools Roadshow coming to Chicago and Milwaukee

December 8th, 2009 No comments

imageRam Cherala, Principal Program Manager in the Visual Studio Test Tools Business, will be visiting the Midwest District to provide a deeper dive into the innovative new capabilities being introduced in Visual Studio 2010 Ultimate, Visual Studio Test Elements and Test and Lab Management products.

These sessions are targeted toward Developers, Architects, and Quality Assurance teams. Attendees will be given the unique opportunity to have a first glimpse into the products and interact directly with the Redmond team responsible for designing and delivering these products to the market. We will cover a broad range of important topics including Software Quality Assurance, historical debugging, manual test runner, test impact analysis and test lab management.





Monday, December 14, 2009

N19 W24133 Riverwood Drive
Suite 150
Waukesha, WI 53188

Register Here

Chicago (Downers Grove)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009


377 E. Butterfield Road
Suite 440
Lombard, IL 60148

Register Here

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Microsoft Office
Aon Center Office
200 East Randolph Drive, Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60601

Register Here


Book raffle and Zune Give-a-way

One random attendee will be selected to receive a brand new Zune HD!



8:30am – 9:00am Introductions and Continental Breakfast
9:00am – 10:30am VS 2010 ALM Tools: Walkthrough of All New Features
10:30am – 11:30am 2010 MSDN and Licensing Updates
11:30pm – 12:00pm Lunch (provided by Microsoft)
12:00pm – 2:00pm Deep Dive and Demos of VS 2010 Quality Assurance Features (Coded UI Testing, Manual Test Runner, Lab Management, etc)
2:00pm – 2:15pm Break
2:15pm – 4:00pm Quality Assurance Tools: Migration and Integration Options
4:00pm – 4:30pm Feedback, Book Raffle & Zune Giveaway