April 12th What’s Happening Around Visual Studio

Here’s a quick recap of what’s happening around the team.


We’ve released some updates for the Visual Studio 11 and TFS 11 betas:

- Visual Studio 11 Beta: VS Update Service

- Team Foundation Server 11 Beta Power Tools (TFS 2010 users might also want to visit Brian’s blog for the latest list of TFS 2010 updates)

If you haven’t downloaded the betas yet, here are a couple of good resources that make it easy to get started:

- Visual Studio 11 Beta ALM Virtual Machine and Hands-on-Labs / Demo Scripts / DemoMates

- Visual Studio 11 Beta Readiness Materials by the ALM Rangers

We’ve had quite a bit of news lately around the work we’re doing to support open source communities. We announced new Git support on CodePlex (in addition to the current TFS and Mercurial support):

- Brian Harry: The Future of CodePlex is Bright

- CodePlex Blog: git commit –m “CodePlex now supports Git!”

We also shared news at DevConnections about open sourcing ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API, and ASP.NET Web Pages (Razor):

- Scott Guthrie: ASP.NET MVC, Web API, Razor and Open Source

- Scott Hanselman: ASP.NET MVC 4, ASP.NET Web API and ASP.NET Web Pages v2 (Razor) now all open source with contributions

For those doing mobile development, an additional release to note is the Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update. This update provides support to use the SDK on Windows 8 Consumer Preview machines, and to develop apps for the new Windows Phone 7.5 256 MB devices:

- Windows Phone Developer Blog: Windows Phone SDK 7.1.1 Update Now Available


I recently blogged about my keynote at DevConnections, and also about Lang.NEXT which took place on Microsoft campus last week.

This summer, I will be keynoting TechEd North America (June 11-14) and TechEd Europe (June 26-29). We have an extensive content lineup in store, as well as lots of opportunities for networking and product team interaction. I’ve spoken at many TechEd conferences around the world, and I always enjoy connecting with customers and partners at these events. I hope you can join us.

Another event I’m currently involved in is ImagineCup, Microsoft’s student technology competition. ImagineCup is a great opportunity for students to practice their programming skills, and work together in a team to implement new ideas. This year’s ImagineCup competition includes a new Windows Metro Style App challenge, which I will help judge. I look forward to seeing what the students create!

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