One of the great things about our developer community is the sheer breadth of developers we have using Microsoft tools, from high-end enterprise developers building mission-critical applications using Visual Studio Team System to hobbyists, enthusiasts, students and novices using Visual Studio Express for their pet projects.
As we head into the holidays, I wanted to take a moment to reflect what we have accomplished this past year and my excitement moving forward.
Without a doubt, the release of Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0 was our biggest accomplishment this year.
I was thinking about work and trying to think about what matters in that context. At a high level, there are 3 things that come to the top of the list for me.
I get an opportunity to make a difference (I have a positive impact)
I get a chance to work on something that I am passionate about
I get a chance to work with smart people
If the above mentioned three things exist,
I have received a number of questions from our partners regarding the new MSDN benefits provided by the Microsoft Partner Program.
As we worked with the Microsoft Partner Program to revise the benefits for Visual Studio 2005, our goal was to provide every partner with a comparable or better benefit than what you previously received.
In my recent customer visits, I have been asked by quite a few people about how we are self-hosting (aka “dogfooding” which is the internal moniker for taking a bet on our own technology and product even before we ask our customers to do so) on the latest and great lifecycle tools (Visual Studio Team Suite – Visual Studio Team System client tools and Team Foundation Server) that are a part of Visual Studio 2005.