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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • "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...
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • MSDN Launches New Developer Center for Azure Platform Services

    In coordination with the announcements this week at PDC2008 , MSDN has launched a new developer center for Azure Platform Services . This new center is THE go-to MSDN site for cloud-computing, including resources for SQL Data Services, Live Services,...
  • 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...
  • New Windows Live Writer Plug-in for MSDN and TechNet Social

    Technorati Tags: Live Writer , Live Writer Beta , MSDN Social , TechNet Social , plug-in Rahul Soni, a Microsoft field engineer in Bangalore, wrote a Live Writer plug in for including “Add to…” links to a number of social services like Digg, Delicious...
  • New MSDN Home Page - Better?

    Last week, the MSDN Team updated the MSDN home page hoping to make it more valuable and easier to use. We made tons of little changes and few bigger ones like: More better bloggers in the featured section (and an all new Featured Bloggers page) Downloads...
  • Do those guys at TechNet even know there is an event going on?

    Hi everyone! Its been a long time since I last blogged – embarrassing to be any more specific about how long – but I’m back at it again. Several month ago, I took on a new role at Microsoft: Director of TechNet . In the past, I have had several functional...
  • Secret TechNet Tips & Tricks

    This week at TechEd , I had the chance to sit in on a roundtable discussion with 5-6 IT manager-types, including several Microsoft MVPs. Throughout the course of the discussion, which included some questions like “what’s one thing you wish Microsoft would...
  • Now Live: Script Gallery on TechNet

    I know its been a long time since I posted, but I’ve really got something worth talking about. Yesterday we launched TechNet’s first gallery application on the TechNet Script Center . From the Script Center homepage, click on the Scripts tab: The new...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • TechEd Attendees Stunned by MSDN Innovations

    Orange County Convention Center - Orlando, Florida Surpise and amazement quickly gave way to mental shock and fatigue for attendees of TechEd North America - Developer Week when they learned of recent innovations to MSDN , Microsoft's web site for...
  • Ask the Experts at the MSDN Zone - TechEd 2008

    If you are at TechEd today, come on by the MSDN Zone (right at the bottom of the South entrance) for our Ask The Experts event. From 11:30-1:00PM US ET, experts from around Microsoft and the community will be available for questions, discussion, and...
  • 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...
  • Thanks for a Great TechEd Developers 2008!

    Last week was a great week and I want to thank everyone who visited us in the MSDN Zone and/or attended Tshak's or Paul Johnson's sessions. I also want to thank the more than 1,200 social bookmarkers from around the world that have started bookmarking...
  • 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...
  • New Channel 9 Videos on MSDN/TechNet Social Vision and Apps

    Great new videos about MSDN and TechNet's social vision, new social apps, and site redesign are now online on Channel 9! Meet the people behind the sites... MSDN/TechNet Social Platform: Social Bookmarking, User Profile, Enhanced Forums MSDN...
  • NOW LIVE: Social Bookmarking Preview for MSDN, TechNet, and Expression

    The Social Bookmarking Preview for MSDN, TechNet, and Expression is now live and can be accessed with these links: http://msdnbookmarks.com http://technetbookmarks.com http://expressionbookmarks.com While the Preview does not have full...