Here are a couple of links I found that follow that train of thought:
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At 27:00 into the interview, Mr. Beckman says:
"We want to turn Visual Basic into not only the best and most popular programming language in the world but the most advanced programming language in the world."
Wow! What an incredible statement. It even took Charles by surprise. Microsoft Research favoring VB over C#! That's got to turn the .NET programming community on its ear.