Julia Liuson

Julia Zhenglei Liuson
ResidenceSeattle, Washington, U.S.
OccupationCorporate Vice President

Julia Zhenglei Liuson (潘正磊, born in 1970 in Shanghai, China[1]) is the Corporate Vice President of Visual Studio at Microsoft Corporation.[2]

Liuson oversees business and software development for Visual Studio and the .NET Framework (except Visual Studio Team Services), including Visual Studio Code, all programming languages, user interfaces, team development/testing tools, and platform adoption tools. In an interview with eWEEK, Liuson said Microsoft is working to help all developers (all platforms and all languages) be successful with tools which enable innovative scenarios.[3]

Liuson has been described as an inspiration for women in technology,[4][5] and as someone who has set a good example to attract and promote women in STEM by proactively asking for what you need personally in order to do a great job professionally.[6]


In 1970, Julia Zhenglei Liuson was born in Shanghai, China.[1][7]

In 1991, Liuson received a bachelor's degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from University of Washington.[8]

Liuson joined Microsoft right after graduation.[5] Her initial roles were as a developer first on the Access team, and later on Visual InterDev, the precursor to Visual Studio.[9]

Liuson held a variety of technical and management positions at Microsoft. She served as development manager, and later as Partner Product Unit Manager for Visual Basic. She was then named General Manager of Visual Studio Business Applications, where she was responsible for enabling developers to easily build business applications on Microsoft server and service platforms.[10]

Liuson served as General Manager for Server and Tools business from Microsoft Shanghai office in China for two years while running engineering teams on both sides of the Pacific Ocean.[1]

Liuson presented keynote speeches and guest speakers in some key business and technology events including Connect() 2015,[11][12] China Business Challenge 2014,[13] Technet 2013 for China.[14]

Liuson lives in Kirkland, an upscale suburb in the Seattle area near the Microsoft campus in Redmond. She and her husband have one son, Harry.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c Wang, Hsiao-wen. "Microsoft Changes Course". Commonwealth. Commonwealth Magazine. Archived from the original on 2015-10-24. Retrieved 2015-04-09.
  2. ^ Foley, Mary Jo. "Microsoft shuffles its Cloud and Enterprise team, further melding software and cloud". ZDNet. ZDNet. Retrieved 2015-10-23.
  3. ^ Taft, Darryl K. "Microsoft Delivers Visual Studio 2015 Update 1". EWeek.com. EWeek. Retrieved 2015-11-30.
  4. ^ https://www.facebook.com/WomenAtMicrosoft/posts/356726494412291
  5. ^ a b c Liuson, Julia. "Julia Liuson". Julia Liuson.
  6. ^ Liuson, Julia. "Op-ed: We need to get more girls in STEM disciplines". Seattle Times. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
  7. ^ https://www.intelius.com/people-search/Julia-Liuson/Kirkland-WA
  8. ^ Liuson, Julia. "Julia Profile". LinkedIn.
  9. ^ Liuson, Julia (2017-02-09). Join Us: Visual Studio 2017 Launch Event and 20th Anniversary. The Visual Studio Blog, 9 February 2017. Retrieved on 2017-03-05 from https://blogs.msdn.microsoft.com/visualstudio/2017/02/09/visual-studio-2017-launch-event-and-20th-anniversary/.
  10. ^ "CHIME Advisory Board". Microsoft Chime. Microsoft Chime Board.
  11. ^ Kohnstamm, Thomas. "Microsoft announces innovations for all developers at Connect();". Microsoft News. Microsoft. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  12. ^ "The Future of Software Development". Channel9 MSDN. Microsoft. Retrieved 2015-11-18.
  13. ^ Yu, Deng. "Young entrepreneurs get a lift in Seattle". Chinadaily. Retrieved 2014-04-07.
  14. ^ "Microsoft Technet China 2013( translated from Chinese)". Microsoft. Microsoft. Retrieved 2013-10-01.


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