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  • Create Customized Social Feeds with MSDN and TechNet Social

    Thousands of technical professionals worldwide are now using MSDN and TechNet Social and Forums to bookmark and tag online resources. And it's easy to create customized and dynamic feeds from our social platform to publish social content by person, tag...
  • Web 2.0 Expo Day 3: Why Tim O’Reilly wants you to Stop Throwing Sheep!

    Tim O’Reilly put everything in perspective for us this morning by contrasting the current mega-problems of the world (disease, poverty, hunger, slavery even!) with developers' apparent passion for Facebook apps like the one where you can throw sheep ...
  • Web 2.0 Expo Insight of the Day: It’s Simple - We Should All Quit Our Jobs!

    Comments on keynotes and sessions from Web 2.0 Expo in NYC, including Gary Vaynerchuk, hyperkinetic and super-frank keynoter; Jonah Peretti of BuzzFeed who revealed to us the previously unknown size and power of the “Bored at Work Network” (BWN) which evidently determines what “goes viral” and what does not; and Lane Becker who kicked off my day with a session on how Customer Service is the New Marketing, and suggested that we all act as “concierges” to our customers.
  • Customize Your Feeds with FeedFlare for MSDN and TechNet Social

    Chris Slemp blogged today on a cool thing Dan Rigsby has done with MSDN Social : *************************** You can add custom Flare to your FeedBurner feeds, and Dan's post shows just how easy it is. Click here to see both MSDN and TechNet Flare...
  • 3 Insights from Day 1 of the Web 2.0 Expo

    Today was the first real day of the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC . Several of us from the MSDN and TechNet team are attending . I attended a session on Search Engine and Social Media Optimization (see Rob Veliz's blog on our SEO efforts) and Katie Larson reported...
  • On Facebook? Become a Fan of MSDN and TechNet

    One of the things we did last week when we launched our new social application was to create new Facebook pages for MSDN and TechNet. As a fan, you can connect with other fans from around the world, and get the latest updates about our sites. The fan pages might just also be the first place people will begin to learn about v2.0 of our social app and other new things like the next generation of Dev and TechCenters.
  • Connect with the MSDN & TechNet Team at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC

    This week, several members of the MSDN and TechNet team will be attending the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC. I'll be blogging from the event, and will also be trying to Twitter throughout the week. My teammates below will also be attending: Husain Shambhoora...
  • NOW LIVE: Microsoft's New Social App for MSDN, TechNet, and Expression Sites

    In May, we released a preview of our social bookmarking application. Today, we released v1.0 of social bookmarking for MSDN, TechNet, and Expression. Renamed "Social" (e.g., "TechNet Social"), v1.0 offers social bookmarking and provides several important new capabilities.
  • New Social Features Integrated into Redesigned MSDN Dev Centers

    Building on the new designs that were launched in May , the MSDN team is beginning to release a new round of Dev Center design updates - starting with the Visual Basic Developer Center . Developer Centers are mini-sites on MSDN focused on specific developer...
  • New Podcast: How MSDN is Opening Up to the Developer Community

    Yesterday, I had a chance to talk with John Bristowe (Developer Advisor, Microsoft Canada) about the changes we are making to MSDN, including our social vision and platform. He recorded our chat and now its a podcast you can get from his blog . ...
  • Tales from the MSDN Bar and TechNet Lounge at TechEd Australia

    Some funny and interesting insights and photos coming out of TechEd Australia . See.. Chris Slemp's blog for comments on the keynote and attendee feedback on the MSDN and TechNet social strategy ... ...and the Microsoft Australia TechNet blog for...
  • At TechEd Australia? Stop by and Meet Us!

    TechEd Australia is next week! And, our own Shanna Del Conte and Chris Slemp ... ...will be there to meet you, talk with you, show you how we are opening up the MSDN and TechNet sites to the technical community, and get your input. If you...
  • Microsoft is Planning Much More Than Just Social Bookmarking

    Our vision is for the MSDN, TechNet, and Expression sites to be the largest and most vibrant online communities for technical professionals, enabling easy connections to the best resources and most knowledgeable people from Microsoft and the global community. Social bookmarking plays a vital role in that vision, but is just one application amongst a network of increasingly integrated applications - all running on a common social platform.
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  • PREVIEW: v 1.0 of Social Bookmarking on MSDN and TechNet

    Microsoft is opening up the MSDN , TechNet , and Expression sites to the community, so that technical professionals can better connect with each other, share knowledge, and succeed. Tagging - and especially social bookmarking - are essential ingredients...
  • 251 Ways to Improve Your Visual Studio Productivity...

    ...and 1 really easy way to improve the lives of students in Waveland, Mississippi. Amazon.com is now accepting pre-orders of Sara Ford's Visual Studio Tips book. This book is special, because 100% of the royalties go to a scholarship fund for students...
  • New and Improved MSDN and TechNet Search Impresses Devs and IT Pros

    We've been working hard on our sites' search app. Recently we asked a group of developers and IT professionals to make it their default search for a while. Find out what they said and how to get the most out of MSDN and TechNet search on Chris Slemp...
  • New Developer and TechCenters for SQL Server 2008 now online at MSDN and TechNet

    Fresh technical content for SQL Server 2008 is now online at MSDN and TechNet : New SQL Server 2008 TechCenter New SQL Server 2008 Developer Center Check out Chris Kilbourn's (Lead Site Manager, TechNet) blog for more great SQL Server 2008...
  • CodePlex Turns 2!

    Happy Birthday! :-) Tonight, Soma blogged on CodePlex's 2nd birthday... It seems like only recently, but is has been two years since we launched CodePlex . We launched this in Summer 2006 as Microsoft’s open source project hosting site. Our goal...
  • Try the New Windows Live Translator Widget

    To help extend the reach and availability of technical content across global languages and markets, Server & Tools Online (the group that manages the global MSDN , TechNet , Expression , and CodePlex sites) will be leveraging the latest translation...
  • New MSDN and TechNet sites localized for Brazil and Korea

    To best support developers and IT professionals worldwide, Microsoft is commited to providing local-langauge MSDN and TechNet sites for many of our non-English language markets. Recently, the team added several new sites to our global network: ...
  • Add MSDN/TechNet "Bookmarklet" to Any Web Page

    In May, we released a preview of social bookmarking for MSDN , TechNet , and Expression . Since then, thousands of people worldwide have installed our browser-based bookmarklet to add web pages from across the web to the MSDN, TechNet, and Expression...
  • MSDN/TechNet GM Talks about Future Investment Areas

    Today, Dan Truax, GM of Server & Tools Online, the group that runs the global MSDN , TechNet , Expression , and CodePlex sites, blogged about the high-level investment themes for our Social Platform and web sites... ***************************...
  • VIDEO: "No Need to Shout" - Ninjas and Pirates Just Might Be Able to Get Along After All...

    For your enjoyment - this video came out of TechEd 2008 North America . Fun and funny way to learn about Microsoft online community offerings, including the latest from MSDN , TechNet , CodePlex , and Expression . Most of the comments I've seen on...
  • VIDEO: Learn about New MSDN, TechNet, and Expression Forums from the people who built it

    While we were at TechEd 2008 last week, Brent Serbus (Program Manager), Chris Slemp (Program Manager), and Don Tan (Test Lead) cut a great TechTalk video on our new Forums app . Millions of customers use forums every month to get support and learn...