Microsoft Connect


Well, I just wanted to put together a short post about Microsoft Connect.  For those of you who don’t know about Connect (and if the response at Tech.Ed was any indication, many don’t know!) it’s a great way to participate in Beta programs for new software being released by Microsoft.

It’s effectively a public site which aims to give the Microsoft community a voice – a way to send suggestions, feedback and notes on defects – back to Redmond.  All you really need is a Live ID (think: Passport account) and you can participate in any number of beta or CTP programs.

For example, I participated in the SQL Server 2008 Connect program.

It’s a great initiative and I strongly advocate participating if you have the time and the interest.

Now, here’s the funny part. 

On the Connect homepage there is a side panel with “community recommendations” which is kind of standard for sites like this.  Check out the comment I’ve highlighted inside the blue square, below..

Connect-Huh 

In case you can’t make it out, contributor “Jim B” has this to offer:

“I never thought I’d actually communicate with a developer, until it happened”

Jim seems to suggest that communicating with a developer is only slightly easier than communicating with the dead!  Well done!


About Rob Sanders

IT Professional and TOGAF 9 certified architect with nearly two decades of industry experience, 18 years in commercial software development and 11 years in IT consulting. Check out the "About Rob" page for more information.

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