Over the last 4 to 6 ish years that Microsoft computing has been relatively stagnant, I've invested a lot of time in "branch solutions". For example, I don't use ASP.NET Webforms – I use MonoRail. As a result I've had an equivalent of master pages for years now. While this was a great solution at the time I made the decision, it now means I've strayed a bit too far from the pack to really know what's going on. Sure, I know the marketing pitches for all these new technologies almost backwards (I even present on some of them), however I don't use these new technologies. Well, it's time to see what's out there and spend a few weeks in "official land".
|What I was offered||What I used instead||What I'm installing now|
|Windows XP||Windows XP||Windows Vista|
|Office 2003||Office 2003 + lots of addons||Office 2007|
|ASP.NET 1.1 WebForms||MonoRail||ASP.NET 2.0 + Atlas|
|ADO.NET 1.1||ActiveRecord||other options?|
|MSN Messenger||Trillian + Skype||Windows Live Messenger|
|MSIE6||Flock + Firefox||Flock + MSIE7|
I've also decided that it's time to start seriously kicking around with WPF, WF, WCF, WCS and all the other cool bits that are starting to fall from the heavens.