Kunal-Chowdhury.com - Microsoft Technology Blog for developers and consumers: March 2016

The next version of Visual Studio (vNext.15) is available for preview

Visual Studio "15" is an early preview build of the next major release of Visual Studio, which has been released by Microsoft on 30th March 2016, during //BUILD/2016 developer conference at San Fransisco. It provides early adopters to try out the new features and provide continuous feedback.

 

To know more about the preview release and to get the links of the web installer and/or the ISO image for offline installation, continue reading the post.



Visual Studio 2015 Update 2 now available for download

On 30th March, during Build Developer Conference 2016, Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 Update 2. This release focuses on stability and more on the users feedback received on RTM and Update 1. Along with these, it also includes performance improvements and responsiveness to our favorite IDE.

 

This build also has some known issues, which will be fixed in subsequent builds. In this post, sharing the links to download the web installer, ISO image for offline installation.


Watch Microsoft #Build2016 Developer Conference (Live Stream)

Microsoft's annual Build Developer Conference 2016 is going to happen in San Francisco from 30th March - 1st April. Microsoft has planned to live stream the Day 1 and Day 2 keynotes on it's Build site. All other sessions will be available for playback later next week.

 

Apart from the Microsoft Build site, you can also watch the same on my blog, streamed directly from Microsoft's server. Don't forget to watch it live from 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM (Pacific Time).


How to add extensions in Microsoft Edge on #Windows 10?

Microsoft recently released Windows 10 version 1511 build: 14291 to the fast ring Windows Insiders. This build features some new improvements. It includes support of extensions to Microsoft Edge browser too. Now you will be able to add extensions to the Edge browser and extend it’s functionalities.

 

In this post, we will discuss on this new feature and guide you to install extensions from Microsoft site. Continue reading and share your feedback to improve Windows 10.


Workaround to enable the #Windows 10 Insiders Preview build

If you have registered for the Windows insiders program and you are unable to receive the Windows 10 preview bits, this could be due to few issues related to configuration settings on your desktop. If you have configured your system properly but still the bits not shown in your available updates, you might have to change some settings manually.

 

In this post, I will show you the trick which will enable you to receive the bits. Do this changes with precautions. Continue reading more to learn about it.


#Bing Rewards now in #India, with @FreeCharge redeem coupons

Bing Rewards program can help you to earn credits for searching on Bing or trying new features from Bing or other Microsoft products and services, which can be redeemable for a variety of gifts and other rewards. If you are in India, now you can register for it (which is free) and start rewarding yourself by just searching on Bing.com.

 

If you are new to this, checkout the blog posts and register for this free program. Start searching on Bing, start earning some rewards just for your searches.



Download ISO image of #Windows 10 Security Updates (March 2016)

On 8th March 2016, Microsoft aired a new cumulative update (OS build: 10586.164) for #Windows 10 version 1511. Now they have published the ISO/Offline installer for the said build. This means, you will now be able to download the ISO of the security update once and install it in multiple devices.

 

Continue reading more to find out the link to download the ISO file of the March 2016 security updates for Window 10. It’s around 846 MB only.


How to hide the message preview in #Outlook for Windows 10 mobile?

Along with Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14283, Microsoft also released a new update for Outlook Mail and Calendar app, having some new improvements. Among those, one cool new enhancement is the ability to turn ON/OFF the message preview in the message pane.

 

Though it is by default set to ON, but in case you want to hide it or make it visible in future, this small post will help you to configure the same, step-by-step. Continue reading.


Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 14283 is now available

Gabe Aul, the Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Engineering Systems team, announced the availability of Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build: 14283 for the fast ring Windows Insiders. Though this build is now limited to few devices, but will later expand to other devices.

 

This build focuses some new improvements and fixes. As it is an insider build, it also has some known issues. Continue reading the post to know what has been changed, along with the issues currently present.


A new cumulative update for #Windows 10 version 1511 is available

Microsoft has released a new cumulative update (OS build: 10586.164) for Windows 10 version 1511 on 8th March 2016. If you are not part of Windows Insiders program and in the public release ring, you will get this update through the Windows 10 update service.

 

This updates includes improvements and security fixes only. No new features were introduced. This post will give you a basic overview of the key changes.


How to ZIP/Unzip files using .NET/C# (without 3rd party libraries)?

If you are building a custom installer of your own, you might want to compress the files inside a ZIP and extract them on need basis. You can easily do this by using some 3rd party libraries, among which some are free and some are paid versions. Why to use additional libraries if the .NET framework provides you the set of APIs?

 

You might be aware of this, but if you are unaware of it, let me tell you that, it was present since .NET 2.0. Let’s explore it in today’s quick blog tips & tricks. Continue reading and share the link in your network.



Fix: #Outlook 2016 (16.0.6568.2025) causes duplicate emails on POP3

If you are using Outlook 2016 (version: 16.0.6568.2025) and configured the email client to download mails using POP3, you might face some issues which will delete all the emails from server inbox after outlook downloads those and/or create duplicate items of the downloaded messages.

 

Microsoft has shared an workaround to resolve this issue. If you are using that specific version of Outlook 2016, continue reading to know more details of the same and fix the issue temporarily while Microsoft is working on a permanent fix.


#VisualStudio 2015 Update 2 (RC) available for download

The giant company released the RC build (Release Candidate) of Visual Studio 2015 Update 2, focusing mainly on stability and user's feedback received via the Update 1 RTM channel. Microsoft marked this as "Go Live", though it is still under prerelease and has few known issues.

 

If you want to explore the new changes, read more to find the download links as well as the link towards release notes and a list of bug fixes, known issues.


Quick Tip: Common mistakes with #XML serialization in .NET/C#

If you are working with XML serialization in .NET/C#, you might have already encountered this and might have analyzed a lot why your data is not serializing though you have written proper code. The reason/solution might be simple but in case you are not aware of such common mistakes, you will definitely break your head finding the root cause.

 

In this quick post, we will learn about the common mistakes that may happen while declaring the properties of data class that you are going to serialize. Continue reading and let me know, if you find more points to be added here.


Quick Tip: How to prevent a property from #XML serialization?

Most of the cases we use XML files to serialize/de-serialize data from/to the app. To do this, we expose properties of known types and pass it to the serializer for automatic serialization process. Sometime, we don’t need to serialize all the properties and manually need to mark them from serialization process.

 

In this small blog post, we are going to see the way, by which you can prevent a property from the XML serialization process. Continue reading to know more.

 
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