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Microsoft confirms Windows 8.1 (Blue) Availability and Pricing

Today Tami Reller, Chief Marketing Officer for the Microsoft Windows business confirms the general availability and pricing of Windows 8.1 (Blue) at the JP Morgan Technology, Media & Telecom Conference in Boston.

 

The first public preview of next version of Windows 8 will be available during BUILD Conference going to happen at the end of June 2013.



Now I am a Nokia Developer Champion from India

It’s the sunny morning when I woke up from bed and opened my Surface to check the mails and tweets those I received while I was sleeping. In the collection of all unread mail, I noticed a mail with the subject line that says “Welcome to Nokia Developer Champion”.

 

At the very beginning I thought it as dream but now my dream comes true. Yes, I am now a Nokia Developer Champion from India and I am feeling very proud to announce it to you.


How to Capture a Screenshot as File in Microsoft Surface?

Last year we discussed “How to Capture a Screenshot as File in Windows 8?” which you will find useful in your desktop PC or laptop. You will also find that post useful in a Surface if you have a keyboard attached to it, because “Win + Print Screen” key combination is needed to capture the screen.

 

What about Microsoft Surface which does not have a keyboard attach to it? In that case, a touch keyboard will be require to press the keys but that will fill half of the screen.


How to turn ON/OFF the Microsoft Two-Step Verification?

In the last post “What is Two-Factor Authentication?” we discussed about various factors of authentication system including different examples. We also learnt about Knowledge Factor, Inherence Factor and Possession Factor.

 

Microsoft recently added a second step authentication mechanism in all their accounts as an extra security layer. This post will guide you to turn ON/OFF this security layer.


What is Two-Factor Authentication?

Two-factor authentication is a user authentication system where an user needs to provide two different factors to authorize the user’s identity. It is not a new concept and in many places we are knowingly or unknowingly using it for secure access.

 

There could be multiple factors too and that known as Multi-factor authentication. Today in this post we will learn basics about this type of authentication system.


How to batch clean up the Visual Studio solution folder? (bin, obj etc.)

Sometime the Visual Studio’s clean project command does not return as expected and maximum time people used to manually delete the bin, obj, Client Bin, Generated_Code directories to clean all the traces of previous build.

 

Here I will share a small batch code which will help you to clean up those directories by just a single click. Tune it up if you want to add few more directories in the list.



#Win8Dev Tutorial: Programmatically download a File in WinRT apps

If you are a Win8Dev and building a Windows 8/WinRT application, you might want to download a file asynchronously from a web location. The job is very easy in Silverlight and in this case too but you just need to know the way, the APIs and the configuration settings.

 

Many developers already faced the difficulty to download a file in their WinRT apps and hence I thought to share the code with the API details in this post.


Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Expert Development Cookbook

One of my friend, Abhishek Sur (Microsoft MVP, Client App Dev), recently published a book titled "Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Expert Development Cookbook" covering basic usage of Visual Studio 2012 IDE, its various components and better utilization of the tool.

 

This post is just an announcement of the book and introduce you with the content of it. If you are willing to buy, find herewith the links of different store.


How to Hide the Format Toolbar of Telerik RadRichTextBox control?

If you are using Telerik’s RadRichTextBox control in your Silverlight application, you might have noticed that the control exposes a format tool which pops up in the screen when you select some text inside the control. This is the same behaviour that you notice in Microsoft Word too.

 

But for some reason, you might want to hide that toolbar if you are building an application like notepad. This small post will cover the same for you.


Solution: Unable to open Skype, you are already signed in

These days Skype is a common platform for audio/video calling over internet. Many people uses it to connect with their family and beloved one, some other also uses it for business purpose to connect with their client.

 

Recently I noticed frequent crash in Skype and when tried to reopen, it was unable to login but was showing a message that I am already signed in to system. This post covers the solution to that.


Microsoft released Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 CTP 1 within 10 days

It’s just 10 days when Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 RTM was released and now again, Microsoft released their next update pack named “Update 3”. This release is currently available under CTP (Community Technology Preview) first release.

 

Find herewith more about this release i.e. list of changes and the link to download it. Keep in mind that, it’s a CTP release and not ready for production environment yet.


 
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