This Week on C9 MS Q2, Obama Photosynth, Win 7, Web Platform Installer, Raymond Chen

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This week on Channel 9, Dan and Brian discuss the news, including:

- Microsoft's reports second quarter results and announces cost cutting measures, including layoffs
- Barack Obama's inaguration streamed using SilverlightCNN uses Photosynth to capture photos from the inaguration switches to running ASP.NET with analysis by DotNetPerls
- Eric Lippert on Future Proofing a Design
- E7 blog on Engineering the Windows Experience Index
- Nic Fillingham demoes Windows 7 Play To Feature
- Codeplex project on Windows 7 Managed Taskbar Extensions
- Chris Pietschmann - Simple VB Port Scanner to find open ports on your PC
- Joe Stagner - Azure Issue Tracker Starter Kit
- Mike Taulty screencast on Sharing Data with the Life Framework SDK
- Web Platform Installer released, now includes MVC
- Brian's pick of the week: 10-4 Episode 5 Code Focused development
- Dan's pick of the week: Microspotting interviews Raymond Chen, Microsoft's Chuck Norris



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The Discussion

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    Your Eric Lippert link is broken.
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    Guy, I'm dissapointed to see you gloss over the layoffs. I know it happened the same day you taped this but still, you guys are all about what's up with MS and this was HUGE MS news. Hope to hear more from inside next week.
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    What do you want them to say? I don't think they are in the best position to say anything. If you want some inside info go to mini microsoft blog and read comments.
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    Awesome as always, really appreciate Managed Taskbar Extensions project link.
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    Thanks for the mention guys. You called me "Christian" in the video, oops. However, your strugle to pronounce my last name was pretty good.

    Chris Pietschmann
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    We need a video from each of the product group managers to let us know how they were affected by the layoffs, if at all.  Reasurance from the likes of Scott Guthrie, Brad Abrams and Bob Muglia would be a good start.  We don't trust blanket statements released by Balmer anymore.

    It is one thing to dangle layoffs over the heads of the employees, for which I empathize and sympathize with deeply.  We build our companies and projects based on the stability of Microsoft and the knowledge that the people that work there are all brilliant.  The future of things like Silverlight, MVC, Surface, Zune, Azure, etc need to be reinforced before we waste our time betting our future on these technologies.  I can already sense the emotional toll this is having on the employees, even through their normal blog posts in the form of caution, reserve and a distinct drop in genuine enthusiasm.

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