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Register for Community Event in Delhi–Dec 17 & 18

Having trouble reading this email? View it in your browser.Stay Ahead!Keeping with the changing needs and dynamics of the IT landscape, Delhi Technology Forum presents TechCon 2011, a premier event for technology professionals in Delhi NCR. Blended with dedicated content for developers and IT pros, this event promises opportunities for learning all about the upcoming Microsoft technologies and networking with industry stalwarts.

To know more about the Delhi Technology Forum, click hereWhat will you learnDeveloper Day (Dec 17) HighlightsIT Pro Day (Dec 18) HighlightsSessions on:Windows Phone 7 App Development Developing with HTML5 Developing on Windows Azure ASP.NET 4.5 SQL Server 2012 SharePoint Development
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Implementing Public Cloud with Office 365 Setting up Private Cloud with System Center & Hyper V Public Cloud with Windows Azure SQL Server 2012 Securing the Enterprise For DevelopersSaturday, 17 December, 2011Time: 9.00 AM- 7.00 PMFor IT ProsSunday, 18 Decem…

Microsoft Launches Windows Phone in India

Microsoft is today launching Windows Phone in India. These phones are,infact, the second generation of phones launched earlier outside India. Codenamed “Mango” the Windows Phones bring a lot of productivity benefits to consumers. Windows Phones are built with focus on people rather than getting tasks done or putting applications in charge. This focus on people infests itself with native integration of the phone with social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Yahoo Mail, Live Mail, GMail. Once you associate your IDs at these services, the phone automatically, integrates recent information from these sites into the phone. Let’s see where this could be useful:Let’s say I have a friend whom I have not been in touch with for a few months. He/ She moves locations and updates their phone no. in facebook. With Windows Phone, this updated number would automagically find its ways to the address book and I can call the friend on the new number. Now, if I was interested in knowing …

Everyone wants to own this kid: HTML5

Question: A kid that everyone wants to adopt and no ones exactly knows what it is?Clue: It’s not Justin Beiber!Answer: HTML 5HTML5 is being hailed as the next BIG thing in technology after creation of WWW. Designers have bought into this lock stock and barrel. Developers are starting to dip their feet into this technology. There is truth to the importance of HTML 5 as it represents the next version of HTML than we currently use. Also, major technology companies adopting this almost present a consensus of validity of HTML5. This next version allows for richer media, richer semantics and more application like features (geolocation, local storage, background programming etc). The only issue is that it is still years away from being formalised as a standard. Browser makers including Google, Microsoft and Mozilla are elbowing each other to declare support for HTML 5 (IE9 and Chrome already have some HTML 5 support). Windows 8 is widely rumored to adopt HTML 5 scripting for writing Win 8 ap…

LightSwitch: A new RAD IDE from Microsoft

Microsoft has released its latest development tool, Visual Studio LightSwitch. LightSwitch is aimed at application developers who want to build applications rapidly. I personally think this is a good application for freelance developers who are looking to develop applications in record times.This super fast development ability of Lightswitch is provided by including a variety of prebuilt templates and tools to build business applications that target Windows Client or Windows Azure. LightSwitch simplifies attaching to data with data source wizards or creating data tables with table designers.It also includes screen templates for common tasks so you can create clean interfaces for your applications without being a designer. In addition, LightSwitch users can build forms from existing templates and populate them with data from data sources including SQL Server, SQL Azure, SharePoint and others. There also is integrated support for working with Microsoft Office for tasks such as exporting…

GoingNative: A New show for the Native Developers

“Native” developers – well this isn’t a reference to any ethnic developers . In the .NET world, native developers are the ones whose choice of programming language is the C++. C++ is used in many computing scenarios. When the might of Microsoft is behind .NET, these developers sometimes feel left out of all the buzz going around. And now they don’t have to.GoingNative is a monthly show on Channel 9 focused on native development with an emphasis on C++. It’s brought to you by Charles Torre(C9), Diego Dagum(C++) and Tony Goodhew(VS). The goal is to provide entertainment, education, conversations with native developers across the company and beyond. From newcomers to seasoned C/C++ vets, the goal is to provide content and code that matters to them with the primary goal of expanding minds. This show will focus on a variety of scenarios where going native makes the most the sense when maximum power and performance are key ingredients in your computational recipe. In episode 0, hostsDiego a…

XBOX is the real star for Microsoft

Today Microsoft reported its annual earnings. And the no. is USD 70 bn (a growth of 12%). In an environment of slowdowns across the world this double digit growth for such a large company is encouraging for the software industry. The real winner in the last year seems to be the XBOX 360 which has been breaking all records of device sales and earning revenue handsomely for MS. The STB division is lurking close to the Windows division in terms of revenue and may overtake them in an year or two. Read on for some more details.These days large corporations tend to mint money not only from their core businesses but also from their treasury operations – hence I prefer to look at their operating income. In this area, MS again outshines with growth of 13% to USD 27.16 bn. This also reflects a healthy margin of 39% on the business (Whew!!)So where did the growth come from?MBD:  This division earns the max. revenues (22 bn) for the company and is home to Office, Exchange and Dynamics suite of pr…

Microsoft Developer Help: Shortcuts from your desktop

MSDN forums has been the go to place for .NET developer queries forever. Every .NET developer has used the extensive documentation available on MSDN and posted queries the forums to receive community support. Taking the support to the new age, Microsoft has now enabled developers with a gadget that makes access to MSDN forums easier from their desktop. Christened as “MSDN Forum Assistant”, the feature allows users to access MSDN Forums and receive updates directly to their desktops. The Forum Assistant is delivered as a desktop gadget that resides on your desktop. You start by defining your favourite forums via the settings of the gadget. The features of the gadget include:Ask a Question: The gadget bookmarks the links to your favourite forums so that you can reach them quickly. Clicking on the forum link takes you to the forum page, where you can post your query.Forum Search: You can search using keywords right from the gadget and the results open up in a new Window.Thread Updates: T…

Windows Phone 7 Resources at one place for you

While learning Windows Phone 7 I realized that Windows Phone Development documentation and content are currently spread across multiple Microsoft web properties. There was no single place for developers to turn for the entire picture. Now, Microsoft has created 22 topic/scenario-focused web pages on App Hub, the Windows Phone developer website, that provide a comprehensive view of all the resources available for Windows Phone development. Each page provides deep topics links, high-level links to tools and key resources for Windows Phone development, and links off to the other content pages.Here’s the full list: Page linkWindows Phone developer resources (main landing page) for Windows Phone Game Studio and XNA Framework Phone Developer Tools and Device Unlock Experience and User Interface and Execution Model, To…

Installing NoDo on Windows Phone 7

Got lucky today when I got the Nodo update on Windows Phone 7. My phone is a HTC Mozart Device. I produce below the sequence of steps that I had to undertake to update my phone with NoDo update.the first indication that you have the update is when phone alerts you of the same. It tells you that you will need to connect with Zune software on your PC to get the update. So, that’s what I did!Screenshots from the Zune follow:The Windows Phone 7 during the Nodo update:The Copy Paste operation on Windows Phone 7:the selection works by dragging the arrow handle once you have selected a single word. clicking on the “Copy” icon copies the selected text.I pasted the selected text from Outlook to OneNote (cross-application). You paste by clicking on the “Paste” icon in the gray bar above the soft keyboard.The final version of software on Windows Phone 7:Final OS version: 7.0.73900The update took over 30 mins to complete. You should budget this time if you get this update. The Phone retained all …