Visual Studio 2012 Launch

I’ve been really bad about blogging lately because I was focused on the Visual Studio 2012 launch.  In my opinion it is the best development tool but I’m biased. 🙂  This was originally going to be a blog post about the great features in Visual Studio 2012 but since I took too long to post, several great posts have already been written.  So here are a few tidbits from the march to launch.

Discussing Visual Studio 11 (beta)

Tim and I were having too much fun talking about development and the evolution of Visual Studio.  Notice that product was still under its codename.

Bytes By MSDN – Orville McDonald and Tim Huckaby

Note: I would have preferred to embed video but basic WordPress is not a fan of that. 😦

TechEd Europe 2012

In Amsterdam giving a tour of the product.  Must say this is the hardest presentation to give because the product is so broad and the time is so short.  Just not enough time to discuss everyone’s favorite feature in any level of depth.

What’s New In Visual Studio 2012

Visual Studio 2012 Launch Keynote

Here I am on stage during Jason Zander’s keynote.  It was a fun time as you can see from my smile below.  You can actually watch the video at the launch site.


Talk to you soon,

Orville | Twitter: @orville_m


Microsoft Visual Studio LightSwitch 2011 is Available Now


One of the exciting parts of being a Visual Studio Product Manager is getting to play with new technologies and then bringing them to market.  Today it was announced that LightSwitch is available for download and purchase.  It has been a fun ride since the first beta was announced almost a year ago and I am excited to see developers of all skill levels get it in their hands.  If you are itching to get it now go to: to download the trial.

For those of you unfamiliar with it, LightSwitch is a simplified self-service development tool that enables you to create business applications with minimal effort.  Developing useful applications can be done with designers and if customization is needed, often just a few lines of code or extensions are sufficient.  LightSwitch users are often more interested in the end product than the coding so getting to a solution quickly is important.  However, the LightSwitch application is flexible enough to use extensions or re-target the deployment environment (desktop, web or cloud) often without having to redesign the code.

Or to sum it up more concisely it addresses the development of business application equation:

Data + Screens = Business Applications

Learn More

To mark the occasion we recorded Jason Zander’s (Corporate Vice-President, Visual Studio) overview of the product and then a series of sessions on how to use it.  Of the eight sessions I am in two of them which I have links to below.

Understanding the Visual Studio LightSwitch Architecture

Deploying Your Application to the Cloud

Give LightSwitch a try and let me know what you think either through the forums or my blog.

Talk to you soon,

Orville | Twitter: @orville_m

Channel 9 Follow-Up

Originally posted: 4/15/2010 at

During my Channel 9 interview at the Visual Studio launch I promised that I would follow up on a question for using XNA with Visual Studio 2010.  If you are using Visual Studio 2010 Professional (or higher) and have installed the Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP you will get XNA Game Studio 4.0 in Visual Studio.


Talk to you soon,

Orville | @orville_m

Updates from DevConnections

Originally posted: 4/12/2010 at


Today was a fun day in Las Vegas.  It started off with the Keynote this morning where Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business President Bob Muglia announced the release of Visual Studio 2010.  Sam Gazitt, Doug Seven and I gave demonstrations of the product.  They all did a great job.  After that there was booth duty where I had a great opportunity to talk with customers and learn more about how they use Visual Studio.

In between booth duty I also spent some time on Channel 9 with Jonathan Carter.  I’m currently waiting to receive the list of questions that I said I would follow up on.  My guess is that I will receive them tomorrow and should have an answer by Wednesday.  Feel free to come back and check.

Today Charlie Kindel posted a blog post on compatibility issues with Windows Phone Developer Tools CTP and Visual Studio RTM.  This issue will be addressed in the coming weeks but you can find more information at the blog post.

Talk to you soon,

Orville | @orville_m

Visual Studio 2010 Launch at DevConnections

Originally posted: 4/10/2010 at


On Monday April 12th we are going to be launching Visual Studio 2010.  This is an exciting day as there are a lot of new features in this release that will help developers simply create applications for the web, cloud, phone, Windows, database and other platforms.

There will be 5 keynotes throughout the world starting in Beijing and ending in Las Vegas with Microsoft president Bob Muglia.  I will be one of the demonstrators during the keynote.  You will have to tune in to see what will be shown.  It will be broadcast live starting at 8:30am online at

After the Las Vegas keynote Channel 9 will be broadcasting interviews live.  You can submit your questions via twitter @ch9live.  The schedule is posted to the Channel 9 website.  I will be there sessions on days 1 and 2.

Talk to you soon,

Orville | @orville_m