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Get FREE Windows Mobile Ringtones and Wallpapers for Halo 3

Here:
https://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/domore/halo3.mspx

and find plenty of other ringtones and wallpapers for FREE!

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Skype outage: The Story Behind

recently skype suffered a world wide outage. it was reported on skype blog: http://heartbeat.skype.com/2007/08/what_happened_on_august_16.html
while skype put the description well, certain other reports fuelled the rumor mills on the problem being due to the Microsoft patch release.

the entire episode has been thoroughly investigated by both skype and microsoft and the findings are presented here: http://blogs.technet.com/msrc/archive/2007/08/20/questions-about-last-tuesday-s-release-and-skype.aspx

In brief what happened was that skype had architected its applications in a particular fashion with a known but uneventful bug. Once the patch was applied, that bug in skype server application became active and prevented recovery of the network!

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Microsoft User Group in India Achieves a landmark

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India is truly a developer haven and Bangalore the developer capital. Microsoft User Group communities have existed in this garden city for around 5 years now! And here's the BIG achievement - The Microsoft Bangalore User group is now more than 10,000 members... what is commendable is that the group is entirely managed by volunteers and speakers from amongst themselves. the group has conducted many events - big and small, authored collaborative booklet, celebrated their success and even dabbled in developing shared applications.. the community doesn't get more DYNAMIC than this!Hats off to the volunteers who have worked hard to get to this and have an unending passion and enthusiasm for sharing their knowledge and the community!i know that this has been a long and ardous journey for the volunteers that is still on. i have seen the problems the group has faced from lack of venue to meet, to lack of speakers, to lack of laptops and projectors and even sometimes lack of attendees…

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector 12.0 Has Shipped!

TheOutlook Connector has been released from Microsoft. This tool overcomes the disability of Live Mail of providing POP3 access to the mailboxes. With this tool you can use Outlook 2003 or Outlook 2007 to access and manage your Windows Live Hotmail or Office Live Mail accounts, including e-mail messages and contacts! Calendar, tasks and notes can also be accessed and managed in Outlook for accounts with a paid subscription. it also provides support for blocking junk emails. Outlook connector uses a new technology called "Delta Sync" that lets mails sync much faster than any other mail service.The product was tested by more than 120,000 beta testers in just two months. One can get the build from here. However, in my opinion if you want to experience completely FREE version of offline access to hotmail and other email clients you got to be using Windows Live Mail (WLM). Windows Live Mail is going to replace Outlook Express and is generations ahead.....Technorati tags:

Windows Live Skydrive in BETA

Microsoft steals inovation over Google! it has now released a public BETA of erstwhile Live Folders TODAY... this is an open BETA available in the US, UK, and India.

this is now called Windows Live SkyDrive: http://skydrive.live.com/ . so head over there and get your 500 MB of online space NOW!

This feature update includes the following:

· An upgraded look and feel – new graphics to go along with your new features!
· “Also on SkyDrive” – easily get back to the SkyDrives you’ve recently visited
· Thumbnail images – we heard you loud and clear, and now you can see thumbnails of your image files
· Drag and drop your files – sick of our five-at-a-time upload limit? Drag and drop your files right onto your SkyDrive
· Embed your stuff anywhere – with just a few clicks, post your files and folders anywhere you can post html

You can find more detail at team blog: http://skydriveteam.spaces.live.com/

Another first is inclusion of India in the BETA release.. i think it may very well be the first product…

Microsoft Global Meeting

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This is a Microsoft Global Meeting (MGX) being held in s stadium .. Almost all countries and all continents represented here!
The collective from the world is simply awe-inspiring!

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Create Master pages for your ASP.NET app in mins

You have done great work on developing your web application and now is the time to build forms for master tables. That is very irritating.VS 2008 has a new way that you can build the same - Enter the LinqDataSource. LINQ is one of the key technologies added in .NET 3.5 and will be released soon.So, if you are trying out VS 2008, you got to try it out. For detailed steps, http://weblogs.asp.net/kencox/archive/2007/08/07/speed-test-a-no-code-linq-based-asp-net-3-5-page.aspxTechnorati tags:

Project Shutter Announces its winners

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Talking to Vasudev on IM today, he told me that winners of the photography contest - Project Shutter have been announced. I had earlier blogged about this photography enthusiast competition here.It appears that around 158 photos were submitted and it had a blog running with it. There are 2 winners from India with their photos as below. Culture - Bronze with KishoreFood - Gold with AvishekTechnorati tags: , , ,

NASA goes Photosynth

MS has announced an exciting collaboration with NASA using Photosynth technology, to create three-dimensional environments of preparations for the launch of space shuttle Endeavour. If you don't know Photosynth, it is a photo application that can intelligently stitch millions of photograph and create a virtual world! With Photosynth you can: Walk or fly through a scene to see photos from any angle. Seamlessly zoom in or out of a photo whether it's megapixels or gigapixels in size. See where pictures were taken in relation to one another. Find similar photos to the one you're currently viewing. Send a collection - or a particular view of one - to a friend. For the first time ever, viewers can experience unprecedented views of shuttle Endeavour on the launch pad, interior and surrounding area of the Vehicle Assembly Building, and the return of previous flight Shuttle Atlantis atop a 747. Photosynth is able to capture the depth and complexity of the shuttle’s structure, p…

Tribute to outgoing President Kalam

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam personifies what India is best known for - technical prowess, humble beginnings and outspoken! Dr. Kalam was a people's person! Everyone cutting across professions, colour, caste or sex loved him. My memories for Dr. Kalam go for the first time during the missile tests but it was not very close to my heart. yes it made me proud but i wasn't thinking of missiles in my backyard yet. the first time is was personal for me was when he went on record to say that Open Source was good for the country's military! The statement that was much touted by the OSS merchants in the country. The only time i saw him was when he came for a student's conference hosted by Microsoft. Adhering to full ceremonial protocol, he dived into his prescriptions for education sector. it was kinda let down as he went on to read out  seams of carefully written words in a monotonous manner. ok, maybe he isn't a huge orator but he is a magnificent thinker! The presentation was usi…