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..


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!

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