The .NET Show (formerly MSDN Show) is an Internet webcast released by the Microsoft Developer Network (MSDN). It released its first episode in 1999 and changed its name to ".NET Show" on the 11th episode on February 21, 2001. It is broadcast and distributed via the Internet. Guests from Microsoft come on stage and discuss specific topics of interest to developers, in particular issues connected to Microsoft's .NET technology. The show is hosted by Robert Hess and co-hosted by Erica Wiechers. It ended its last episode on August 14, 2007.
A typical .NET Show is composed of five segments, of which four are main. The episodes usually start with a brief introduction from Robert Hess and Erica Wiechers, after which Erica presents a news report titled MSDN News Update, reporting on the latest Microsoft news. Robert then introduces guests for the show at Techno-Babble, providing an overview and insight of a chosen Microsoft technology or topic. After approximately 35 minutes, a session break is then presented called Diversionary Tactics, often featuring trivia of Microsoft. At the beginning of the second half of the program, Robert Hess returns with two (usually new) guests for Enter the Programmer, which begins demonstrations on code programming for the technology discussed in Techno-Babble. The program then enters into an interview session called [email protected], discussing the background of Microsoft employees before finishing off with a final wrap-up and preview of the next episode from both hosts. Bill Gates was the guest for somebody@microsoft for the 50th episode of the show.