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2010: Year in review Vol 13-29 | December, 2010
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As I write this, I’m sitting in the “Ask the Experts” area of TechDays Calgary , the last of the eight cities making up our cross-Canada touring conference. My teammates and I are looking a little tired; not only has it been our biggest conference effort so far, we also agree that it’s been the busiest year.

We started 2010 with the momentum of Windows 7 , which was selling at a rate of 7 copies per second by June. At MIX10 , we saw a couple of “reboots”:  Windows Phone 7 (whose user interface was designed by a Canadian, Albert Shum ) and Internet Explorer 9 . New developer tools and frameworks appeared this year: Visual Studio 2010 , Expression Studio 4 , WebMatrix , Silverlight 4 and XNA Game Studio 4 . Near the end of the year came the Kinect , which I personally feel is an important part of any developer’s toolkit.

Even more important than the technology were the opportunities for developers across Canada to get together. We gathered thousands across the country with our two major tours: EnergizeIT , which covered 19 cities in the spring and TechDays , spanning 8 in the fall. We got together with our open source friends in Montreal at ConFoo in February and later that spring with Make Web Not War . Student developers weren’t left out; we were at CUSEC and hooked up hundreds with Dreamspark memberships and web and phone training at Go DevMental . We’ve sponsored many events and user groups, and we held many smaller gatherings, from Windows Phone 7 deployment clinics to user group events to Coffee and Codes.

It was also busy online. We blogged and tweeted more than ever before, created a place for you to gather and share ideas online with our LinkedIn groups and worked hard to make sure you can reach us, no matter where you are in Canada.

By the time you read this, it’ll be just before the new year, and we’ll be gearing up for what should be a very interesting 2011. You should expect us participating in similar conferences and events in 2011. Watch for updates here in the MSDN newsletter. We’ve got new people coming on board , new plans in the works, new tools and technologies to show you — but the same old commitment to helping you boost your skills and your career. Enjoy the rest of your holidays, and have a safe, happy and geeky new year!

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