At Microsoft, we have a research organization focused on different aspects of computer science that we call MSR (Microsoft Research). We started this effort back in 1991 and in my opinion, our research group has done a fantastic job of balancing the long-term research focus with the need to translate ideas into reality (take the innovative research work and apply that to the products we develop) so that our customers can benefit from the break-through research efforts in a timely manner.
I consider myself an amateur photographer. I have always been excited about taking panoramic pictures, but never wanted to invest in a super high end camera that enables me to do that. The “image stitching” feature in Acrylic is a boon for amateurs like me who want to be able to take multiple images and be able to stitch them together very easily to create a panoramic view.
Earlier today, we put out the June 2005 Community Technology Preview (CTP) for Visual Studio 2005. This CTP consists of Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition, Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite and Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server.
As usual, you need to be a MSDN Subscriber to access this CTP.
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.
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 House Expression.
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. XML will become the default file format for Word,
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 feedback.