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How to enable Text-to-Speech (TTS) in your #WP8 app

It was a most demanding features by the Windows Phone community to include the Text-to-Speech engine in Windows Phone and the WPDevs who were missing it in Windows Phone 7 can now use this feature in their Windows Phone 8 applications.

 

The TTS engine is now available in WP8 devices which you can easily integrate in your app. This small post will describe how to use it.



“Interest Calculator” - A Free Windows Phone app for you

One of my friend, who bought a Windows Phone recently, asked me to build an app for him which will calculate bank’s interest rate. He is more into the investment market and this would really help him. I accepted the idea and built this app for him.

 

First I thought to keep it as private but later made it public so, others can also use it on need. It’s a free app which you can download from the Windows Phone store (link available below).


How to Terminate WP8 Application Programmatically?

Though it’s not the common practice in Windows Phone application development, but you may want to terminate your Application programmatically on some special occasions. These occasions may vary in different cases.

 

In this post, we will learn how to kill the application programmatically so that, it should not reside in the memory unnecessarily when user hits back to come out from the application.


How to Install .NET Framework 3.5 in Windows 8 or Windows 8.1?

It was not as smooth as I thought while installing the Windows 8.1 as a fresh OS in my laptop. Though the OS and other major software installation was smooth, but I faced lots of issues while installing some software's that need .NET Framework 3.5.

 

Did lots of analysis, tried various methods to install the framework but all failed. At the end I got an perfect solution which resolved the problem. Thought to share in case you faced similar, will help you.


Awarded as #CSharpCorner MVP (2013)

It’s time again to share the happiest moment of my life with you, my friends and my blog’s readers. It’s the afternoon time when I came to know that, I have been awarded as “C# Corner MVP (Most Valuable Professional) 2013” for my contribution towards the C-SharpCorner community.

 

It was an wonderful moment when I saw my name between the 25 new MVPs awarded in this quarter. Congratulation to all the other MVPs for getting this recognition.


How to remove the GroupSeparator in Telerik’s RadNumericUpDown?

If you are a Silverlight developer and working with Telerik’s Rad control library, you might have seen that the RadNumericUpDown control always displays the value with a comma separator as per your system’s locale settings.

 

But have you ever came to a situation where your client wants to remove the comma separator from the control? You will not find any properties in-built in it. Let’s start today’s discussion with it.



How to update Surface RT to Windows 8.1 Preview?

During the BUILD developer conference on 26th June 2013, Steve Ballmer announced the availability of Microsoft Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows 8.1 RT Preview. If you have Windows 8 PC, you can download an ISO image and install it from there. But if you have a Surface tablet, the process is different.

 

If you are using Surface RT and want to install Windows 8.1 RT Preview, this post will help you getting started. Make sure that you don’t have any language pack installed.


Think before installing Windows 8.1 Preview

Yesterday in BUILD 2013 conference, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 Preview which is now available for download as ISO image as well as an update from Windows Store. Windows RT devices have to update it from Windows Store only.

 

But before downloading and installing the latest preview build, you must know the pitfalls about it. In this post I am going to share some points for you. So, think before installing it now.


Visual Studio 2013 Preview Released by Microsoft

It’s definitely a busy day today when Microsoft started releasing multiple products during the BUILD conference happening in San Francisco. On 26th June 2013, Microsoft announced the availability of the first preview version of Visual Studio 2013 along with Windows 8.1 Preview.

 

In this post, you will find the link to download Visual Studio 2013 in case you want to try it before Microsoft actually releases the final product by end of the year probably.


Download Windows 8.1 Preview released during BUILD Conference

On 26th June 2013, during the BUILD Conference in San Francisco, Steve Ballmer announced the availability of the first official release of Windows 8.1 Preview. Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview are pre-release versions of Windows 8.1.

 

As it is a preview release and if you want to try the preview version, please make sure to read the post before starting the installation. Download links are available in this post for your reference.


Visual Studio 2012 Update 3 (RTM) now available for download

After the release of Visual Studio 2012 Update 2 in April 2013, Microsoft just released the next RTM version of Visual Studio 2012 marked as Update 3 (26th June 2013). This includes the latest cumulative series of feature additions and bug fixes.

 

It also includes Team Foundation Server 2012 Update 3. If you are waiting for the final release of Update 3, it’s the time to update your IDE with latest set of features & fixes.


 
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