Software & Services - Bret Grinslade

Making the world a better place, one application at a time.

Troubleshooting Application Insights

The preview for Application Insights is going well. We are signing up new customers and learning a...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 03/02/2014

Application Insights Preview

Yesterday, Brian Harry and the Visual Studio team announced the availability of Visual Studio Online...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/14/2013

Azure Web Sites update

Wow... I really do love Azure Web Sites. The integration with the new version of visual studio and...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/06/2013

Why Use Yammer?

Yammer is actually pretty cool. I have started to use it today. It is kind of like Facebook for an...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/28/2012

Pilot Thinking (part 1)

This Marketing Pilot announcement got me thinking about something pretty simple yet very important...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/19/2012

So what is a funnel (part 2)

Okay, so you may not be super impressed. However, appreciating the funnel and how the flow of...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/19/2012

Funnel's are for other people (part 3)

Really funnel's really are for all devleopers (or for all developers that have humans or other...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/19/2012

Microsoft Dynamics CRM

Microsoft is continuing to build up the capability in Dynamics CRM. While you hear a lot about Sale...

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 11/16/2012

Azure Web Sites

Trying out a cool new capability in Azure. It is in preview, and is a great direction IMO....

Author: BretGrinslade MSFT Date: 10/12/2012

Vista and Windows XP Upgrade to Windows 7

I am definitely not an expert on Windows 7. I have been using the beta and it is working well for...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 03/12/2009

Silverlight - A big step for development

Wow! What a difference a good UI framework and programming model can make in development. We have...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 11/03/2008

adCenter Analytics Update

Just wanted to give folks a quick update on adCenter Analytics. We have been doing a lot of work on...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 07/27/2008

The next phase test here is for paid search conversion tracking.Let's see what happens when you use...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 07/18/2008

Conversion tracking

This is an outbound link: http://bretrazor.cloudapp.net/ and another...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 07/10/2008

Email tools?

I am checking out an email tool that looks pretty interesting -- xobni. I have been using Facebook...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 05/01/2008

Try adCenter Analytics Today!

Microsoft’s web analytics product, Gatineau, has been updated and branded as adCenter...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 03/06/2008

Silverlight and Web Analytics at MIX08

MIX 2008 in Las Vegas, the Next web now, is sold out. This promises to be a great event with lots of...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 03/03/2008

Working for Atlas?

There has been a lot written recently about Yahoo and Microsoft. Right now, I won’t go in to...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 02/06/2008

.NET Framework 3.5 install layout

In a forum post, a user reported that he cannot use the web boot strapper to install since the...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 11/21/2007

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 are released!

The release formerly known as Orcas has shipped. This is a great release and builds on the...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 11/20/2007

How to report an installation or setup problem with VS2008 beta or .NET Framework 3.5 beta

My team owns the installation experience for Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5. One...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 08/20/2007

Installing VS 2008 Beta2 VSSetupWatsonDW20.EXE cannot copy…

I have seen quite a few reports of the VS 2008 installation not being able to copy a specific file....

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 08/14/2007

Pre-Release software blocking Visual Studio Beta2 installation

The setup for VS Orcas and the .NET Framework 3.5 has a list of pre-release installations that must...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 08/14/2007

Getting Help with Visual Studio

Most developers have heard that Visual Studio and the .NET Framework released Beta2 of Orcas at the...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 08/09/2007

Visual Studio Beta 2 -- Get VSTS Easier and Faster at Home

The new (and final) Beta of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework has been released. These are 2008...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 07/27/2007

WinFX and the .NET Framework 3.0

It is amazing how big an impact names and terminology have on how we think. If you haven't heard,...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 06/14/2006

Target Software Platforms

Recently I have been thinking a lot about how software and content developers target different...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 03/06/2006

WinFX top level dev center

It is exciting to finally see WinFX as top level part of the dev centers....

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 01/30/2006

Virtual Earth and Google Maps

Here is a fun tool that you can use to see VE and G Maps side by side. You can really feel how web...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 08/22/2005

CTP Madness and Ballmer

I don't know about you but all the beta / CTP downloads can just drive you nuts. I work on VS and...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 07/11/2005

MSN Search now live

I have been using the MSN Search service in its beta form for several months. To be 100% honest...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 02/01/2005

Web services

Web services are still really big at Microsoft. I can't wait for the public releases of Indigo to...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 04/08/2004

MSDN is getting really good

I really like MSDN these days. Sure there are a lot of things that could be better or different. Dev...

Author: bretgrinslade Date: 03/10/2004