It is amazing how time flies when you are having fun. The journey is more important than the destination and it has been a great journey so far. This month marked my first anniversary in the Developer Division at Microsoft. I want to take this opportunity to share my thoughts about our accomplishments during this past year and highlight the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.
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 feedback submitted to us via this mechanism is very valuable and gets read by the appropriate team in the product group.
The Visual Studio 2005 November CTP (Community Technology Preview) drop is now available on MSDN. This is actually the FIRST CTP of the Visual Studio 2005 Standard Edition (which I announced at VSLive! In Orlando back in September to round out the family of VS2005 products.
Last week, MSDN subscribers were offered the Community Technology Preview (CTP) of “Avalon” (our unified presentation subsystem). As many of you know by now, Avalon is going to be available not only for Longhorn (the next major release of Windows) but is also being made available for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.