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Microsoft Hiring a Community and UnMarketing Czar for TechNet.com
TechNet.com is Microsoft’s premier destination for IT Pros, helping them succeed with Microsoft products and technologies across the full product lifecycle by offering the best content and technical resources from across Microsoft and the community. TechNet drives good customer satisfaction...
14 Oct 2010
VORT-EX08: The Swirling Mass You Actually Want to Get Sucked Into
The MSDN and TechNet teams recently helped to launch VORT - EX08 (Virtual Online Remix- Total Experience), an online “virtual” conference for IT professionals, developers, and designers in the Europe. There are cool virtual booths for both MSDN and TechNet. To see them, sign in to the Vortex site...
24 Sep 2008
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 . Tim thinks we can do better, folks. Perhaps some...
19 Sep 2008
Web 2.0 Expo Insight of the Day: It’s Simple - We Should All Quit Our Jobs!
Whose insight is this? Well, it’s actually not mine – it’s the thought-of-the-moment from Gary Vaynerchuk , hyperkinetic (I mean, look at that face) and super-frank keynoter today at the Web 2.0 Expo in NYC. Vaynerchuk revved...
18 Sep 2008
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 back on a session about Designing for Community...
17 Sep 2008
NOW LIVE: Microsoft's New Social App for MSDN, TechNet, and Expression Sites
Microsoft is opening up the MSDN , TechNet , and Expression sites to the worldwide technical community. Social bookmarking is an important element of our vision , enabling technical professionals to easily share their web favorites, find and connect with each other, and publish community-generated content...
8 Sep 2008
Microsoft is Planning Much More Than Just Social Bookmarking
With all the buzz about our recent announcement on social bookmarking on MSDN , TechNet , and Expression , it'd be easy to think that's all we're doing. But that's not the case - we are planning much more than that. Why? Because our customers need more than just shared bookmarks to be successful....
27 Aug 2008
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 for making this happen. Back in May, just before...
21 Aug 2008
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's blog .
13 Aug 2008
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 technology from the Windows Live and Microsoft Research...
1 Aug 2008
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: MSDN Brazil TechNet Brazil MSDN Korea TechNet...
8 Jul 2008
Add MSDN/TechNet "Bookmarklet" to Any Web Page
25 Jun 2008
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... *************************** The Major Themes for Our Social Platform Investments...
25 Jun 2008
New Windows Client TechCenter Takes a Lifecycle Approach to Content
To help support IT professionals with Windows client software across the entire lifecycle , the Windows and TechNet teams have collaborated to launch a new unified Windows Client TechCenter. This new TechCenter is different from all the others on TechNet in that it replaces the standard "task navigation...
17 Jun 2008
Help Microsoft Improve the MSDN & TechNet Subscriber Downloads UI
Based on feedback on the recent subscriber download UI upgrade, the team is planning some revisions and would like to get feedback before proceeding. Chris Deluca, Dev Lead for the Subscriptions Benefit Portal provides an overview of the changes on the MSDN Subscriptions Blog . Click here to learn...
11 Jun 2008
Find out what Mark Russinovich, Keith Combs, and Bill Hilf are Bookmarking
As we kick off the second week of TechEd 2008 North America , we have nearly 1,500 bookmarkers from around the world saving their internet favorites using our TechNet Social Bookmarks Preview . One of the coolest things about social bookmarking is that you can easily see what others are bookmarking...
10 Jun 2008
"Ticker" and "Orbs" on Silverlight 2 Beta 2
Ticker and Orbs are cool new Silverlight apps that visualize online community activity in fun and interesting ways. Find them here. Ticker: shows feeds of recent social bookmarks from MSDN and TechNet ; see what people are bookmarking - click on a bookmark to stop the flow and open it in your browser...
8 Jun 2008
How to Create Feeds from MSDN & TechNet Social Bookmarks
Last week, we released a preview of MSDN and TechNet Social Bookmarks . This week, we released The Ticker , a new Silverlight app that consumes a feed of new bookmarks from the sites and displays it in an interactive ticker-style UI. So far, more than 1,000 people have started bookmarking with...
5 Jun 2008
What's Different about Social Bookmarking on MSDN, TechNet, and Expression
Quite a few in the blogosphere have noticed our Social Bookmarking Preview (thanks!) but some have also commented that it doesn't really offer anything new or different to the "space." A few thoughts on that (kind of long ones, sorry)... The difference between our approach and the approach of other...
3 Jun 2008
See What People are Bookmarking with "The Ticker" for MSDN & TechNet
With social bookmarking for MSDN and TechNet , members of the technical community can bookmark and tag online resources for their own use and for the benefit of others. Bookmarked resources can even be published as feeds on the sites . Now, The Ticker (developed using Silverlight 2 Beta ) offers a...
2 Jun 2008
About Social Bookmarking, Tagspace, and our new Social Platform
Since Friday, I’ve seen a few blogs that refer to our Social Bookmarks as Tagspace , and some that also assume we aim to compete with Delicious and other social bookmarking sites. Some comments… The MSDN and TechNet sites are not trying to compete with the current players in the social space...
28 May 2008
PREVIEW: Social Bookmarking on MSDN &TechNet
Next week, we will release a preview version of Social Bookmarks for both MSDN and TechNet and showcase it at TechEd North America the following week. While the preview will not have full functionality (it is also English-only), it will allow members of the community to... Bookmark any URL...
23 May 2008
MSDN & TechNet Forums 3.3
Back in February, we released a totally new Forums application for MSDN Forums , TechNet Forums , and Expression Forums . In addition to an overhauled UX, and better performance, the new Forums app has some notable new features like filters to quickly find the posts you need and Live Update , which...
23 May 2008
MSDN & TechNet at TechEd North America 2008
TechEd North America is a launch event for the MSDN and TechNet teams ( we're opening the sites up to the community ) and this year we are bringing all our good stuff together into "Zones" - the MSDN Zone for Developer Week and the TechNet Zone for IT Professional Week. The Zones are big (60-70 ft...
23 May 2008
MSDN & TechNet are Changing!
Today, the MSDN and TechNet websites are taking a big step forward by updating both the look-and-feel of the sites and, more importantly, what kind of content appears on the site home page and the home pages of mini-sites called Developer Centers and TechCenters. The new content plan and page layout...
22 May 2008
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