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Brandon Watson

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Now that I am back as insider at Microsoft, I guess it would be uncool of me to poke fun at the length of the names that we have to squeeze in to our headlines for product releases.  Nothing will ever top my personal favorite “Windows Live One Care Family Safety Settings Beta."  Yeah, that happened. Awesomeness ensues for MSDN subscribers who can download the beta bits on Oct 19th, and general availability will come on the 21st.  For those of you who want to wait until the product is formally released before you go play with it, you now know that you get to wait until Mar 22nd, 2010.  I prefer to get a head start with new bits.  I was an intern when we released Windows 95 beta, and had all 21 floppy disks from the building 17 receptionist. The Visual Studio team is also kicking off their Ultimate Offer.  What is it?  A pretty cool program meant to give you, the develo... (more)

Blog Post + Network Effects = NY Times Article

About 3 weeks ago, I wrote this article about the Kindle, and mentioned how I thought that for various reasons attached to the Kindle, I was actually going to be reading more. Shortly thereafter, I got a ping on Facebook from someone I didn’t know.  His name is Brad Stone, and he identified himself as a journalist and he had some questions about my blog post.  I rang him up, and we spoke for a while.  In today’s NY Times is the article he was writing. The point in sharing this is (aside for a shameless plug, and an attempt to get people to say “awwwwww” about my daughter) to unde... (more)

Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 Install Fails In Boot Camp

I ran into an interesting bug this past wee when trying to install the beta 2 build of Visual Studio 2010.  I tried both the web bootstrap install and the full ISO download.  I also tried the Ultimate version as well as Professional.  Nothing seemed to be working. It turns out that my machine configuration was the problem.  I am running a MacBook Pro for my personal dev machine, mostly so that I can dabble in multiple languages on multiple platforms.  I am using Boot Camp to run Windows 7.  My Windows partition is smaller than the Boot Camp partition.  In this case the .NET 4 Fr... (more)

My Personal 2010 Predictions

New Year 2010 on Ulitzer In an effort to save a lot of pain and suffering for those people who don’t want to read an incredibly long blog post, I have a nice little summary table.  The predictions run the gamut of my personal and professional interests, so they may not be 100% interesting to all people. 99% of All Decade Lists That Come This Year Will Be Wrong Twitter Will Become A Footnote Real Time Has Had It’s Time Interest Rates Will Begin To Rise Housing Prices Being To Stall And Then Fall Jorge Lorenzo Will Win MotoGP World Championship Netbook Market Disappears Apple’s Dis... (more)

Amazon, Google, Microsoft - Big Three Cloud Providers Examined

Brandon Watson's "Many Niches" Blog There’s been quite a bit of chatter on the web about the Azure Services Platform. Obviously I’m excited to see people talking about our new platform, especially when there is plenty of good, some bad, and some good if not somewhat rambling. There will be no shortage of guessing as to what Microsoft is “really up to” with our development efforts. I wanted to take a crack at that one, but from a completely different perspective. I want to frame the discussion centered on the motivations of the platform providers, and let that be a guide to understa... (more)