This year, the Visual Studio family is celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Visual Studio. Whenever you hit a major milestone, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the journey. Visual Studio has helped our developers, customers and partners to be successful in their businesses and create great applications – many of whom have been with Visual Studio for the full ten years.
I am not necessarily the best creative guy or the best marketing guy. But even I know that we could do more in terms of being creative in our marketing and advertising to better resonate with people.
A little over a year ago,
Technology innovation with a view to enabling customer scenarios is what we predominantly do at Microsoft and in the Developer Division. I always say that we can be successful in the market and with our customers only as long as we provide the best value proposition for our customers.
Every two years, Microsoft holds a summit for MVPs (Most Valuable Professionals) – people who are recognized for their outstanding technical community participation. They are nominated annually by their peers and Microsoft employees for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities.
I am a big fan of making sure that the work environment (that I am a part of at least) is highly conducive for people from all walks of life to be able to be a part of, do their very best and be successful in the way each of them defines success.
Yesterday, we released the Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Update for Windows Vista.
Visual Studio developers already have a good experience on Windows Vista but this addresses certain specific concerns to give developers an even better experience when building applications to target the Vista platform.
Today, we launched the Beginner Developer Learning Center (BDLC) – a centralized learning environment specifically targeted at beginning programmers.
Since we released the Microsoft Visual Studio Express Editions, we have had over 10 million downloads of the same. We have also grown one of the largest communities of recreational developers – our Coding4Fun site has over 150,000 visitors per month.