Tag Archives: Visual Studio

My New Job

Visual Studio 2012 shipped last month, so the rhythm of the business shifted to reorganizing for the next product cycle. As a part of the reshuffling, my job scope expanded from overseeing the Visual Studio Developer Center to the MSDN proper and Team Foundation Service websites. My charter covers content presentation, information architecture and experience integration. That’s a fancy way of saying, “Help build a more useful and pleasant to visit website.”

MSDN, according to Alexa, receives about 11% of all web traffic directed to microsoft.com, so I’m really looking forward to helping shift the experience for the millions of customers that visit the site. If you’re one of those customers, feel free to let me know what you do and don’t like about MSDN, and I’ll incorporate that into the evolving plans.

My team has also grown and I’m very happy to be working with some of the same people that I worked with a few years back when I was Lead Site Manager for TechNet*.

I already have some ideas about some things I’d like to see change and I’ll be highlighting them here going forward; don’t be shy about telling me what does and doesn’t work. 😉

(*Having helped launch Microsoft Answers in 2008, I’ve now officially worked across the Microsoft technical website audience triad of Developer, IT Pro and Consumer. It’s amazing and humbling when I start to think of the millions of people that have interacted with my work. Very few places in the world have that scale opportunity and I feel fortunate for the opportunity.)

Visual Studio 11 Beta Launch

I was up at 04:45 this morning so I could be at work by 06:00 to help out with the Visual Studio 11 Beta launch. Check out Jason Zander’s post for a great rundown of what’s in the beta.

Those that know me know that I am not a morning person, so I’m happy I made it in to work in one piece. Parking was very easy, too.

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My role was to oversee updates to the Visual Studio  Developer Center in English, French, German, Japanese and Simplified Chinese. We had an intentionally small footprint for the Beta on the Developer Center, so this was a fairly small release as far as these things go. As usual, I rely on a large team of folks to help make this stuff happen, and they did a great job of making it all come together.

Now I just need to make sure I don’t fall asleep before my last meeting of the day!