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  • Visual Studio Tools

    I've been meaning to post something about two awesome and competing toolsets that recently have some news to report.  First, my friends at DevExpress won both the Attendee's Pick : Overall Winner and Breakthrough Product awards at Tech:Ed Developers a couple of weeks ago.  DXperience won the Attendee's Pick.  CodeRush, their ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on June 17, 2008
  • GeekFest Party at TechEd 2008 June 3rd

    Doug Seven of Microsoft is hosting a party at Howl at the Moon during TechEd on June 3rd.  He has some details on his blog and the party will include (and require for admission) a rubber duck competition.  You'll need to pick up your duck for admission at the Teched Technical Learning Center at the Developer Tools & Languages ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on May 17, 2008
  • TECHbash is Coming to PA

    In just 10 days (May 10th, 2008), TECHbash 2008 will kick off in northeastern Pennsylvania.  The show has been around since 2005 and will include several hundred developers, IT professionals, and industry experts from PA and surrounding states.  Joe Stagner from Microsoft will be giving the keynote and my company, Lake Quincy Media, is ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on April 30, 2008
  • OpenXML Standardized and Sour Grapes

    Earlier this week, the OpenXML document format was standardized by the ISO/IEC, with a huge 86% of voting countries favoring the format (news here, among other places).  While this is interesting and a win for anyone using Microsoft Office document formats (who isn't?), it's also a bit disappointing that those who opposed the format's ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on April 4, 2008
  • MVC Source Code Available

    The ASP.NET MVC library's source code has been made available on CodePlex, ScottGu announced today.  The project itself is still very much a work in progress, but with this you should be able to get a much better idea of how everything is laid out and working.  I think it's great the Microsoft is being this transparent with their ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on March 21, 2008
  • AJAX Control Toolkit Update Released

    Yesterday (Leap Day), the Ajax Control Toolkit team released an update to the toolkit.  This release comes in two flavors, one for the 3.5 framework (which has AJAX baked into ASP.NET 3.5) and one for the AJAX 1.0 release that is an add-on to ASP.NET.  As always you can run through the live demos of the controls here.  This release ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on March 1, 2008
  • Scott Guthrie Promoted to Corporate Vice President

    Earlier this week, Microsoft announced a number of promotions, among them Scott Guthrie, who is now Corporate Vice President, .NET Developer Division (executive profile - promotion press release).  Many of you know Scott from his extremely popular blog, on which me mixes news and roadmaps for the products he oversees with technical ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on February 16, 2008
  • Windows Release Schedule 2008

    For those of you eagerly awaiting Window Server 2008 (formerly Longhorn), especially you ASP.NET types salivating over IIS7, the wait is nearly over.  Today Microsoft has announced that it as released Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP1 to manufacturing. When Can I Get It? That would seem to be the driving question.  What does ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on February 4, 2008
  • Microsoft Proposes Yahoo Acquisition

    This just in - Microsoft has proposed to acquire Yahoo for $31 per share in a $44B deal.  The full details, including the letter sent from Steve Ballmer to the Yahoo board can be found here.  If this deal goes through, it should help Microsoft to compete with Google in the online space, and would seem to be a (rare) case where Microsoft ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on February 1, 2008
  • Microsoft Auto and Ford SYNC

    One of the themes of last night's college championship football game (which, sadly, OSU lost, though not quite as badly as a year ago) during the commercials was the new SYNC technology available from Ford and Lincoln Mercury.  I've been peripherally aware of this technology for a while, but these were the first advertisements I'd seen for ...
    Posted to Steven Smith (Weblog) by ssmith on January 8, 2008
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