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How to bring back the Start screen in #Windows 10?

Those who have already installed the Windows 10 Technical Preview might noticed that the Start Screen is no more there by default. Rather, Microsoft placed the old Start menu with additional features like adding Live Tiles into it.

 

In this Tips & Tricks post about Windows 10, we will discuss how to switch between Start menu and Start screen. If you love the Windows 8 like Start screen, you will be able to bring it back.



Awarded as Microsoft MVP for the 5th time - [Windows Platform Dev]

Another October for me. The golden moment of my life when I first received the MVP award from Microsoft in the year 2010 and since then continuing it. It’s the 5th continuous year when I received the award from Microsoft for the contributions I have done for the developer community.

 

First three years I was Silverlight MVP, last year it changed to Client Development MVP and this year it changed to Windows Platform Development MVP.


Windows Phone 8.1 Email Compose - What’s changed for #WPDev?

Who don’t want to put a link in the apps/games to provide feedback directly to the developer via email? To do this in Windows Phone Silverlight applications was pretty easy. We just had to create the instance of the EmailComposeTask and call the Show() method.

 

But this has been changed a bit in Windows Phone 8.1 RT applications. In this post, we are going to discuss this along with comparison to what has been changed.


Dear #WinDev and #WPDev, DevCenter is now a life time Subscription

A big news just shared by Microsoft today for all the developers in Windows Platform. Yes, it’s for both Windows Phone and Windows developers. Dev Center account is now a life time membership and that means, you don’t have to renew your account every year.

 

If you are a dev, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to build for any or both the Windows platforms. Read to find out more on this topic.


Windows Phone 8.1 Phone Call - What’s changed for #WPDev?

You might already know that, Windows Phone 8.1 SDK came with few API changes targeting the Windows Runtime. If you are a developer and looking to launch the phone dialler from your app, this post will help you to know the changes.

 

In this post we are going to discuss “How to programmatically do a Phone Call in Windows Phone 8.1” with a comparison between the API changes.


Recap: Transforming Data Center Roadshow, Kolkata - 2014

It was the big day for the Kolkata developers and IT Pros, when we organized the first successful event in the city of Kolkata targeting the IT Pros as the audience. Thanks to these vast audience for attending the event and make it successful.

 

Today, I am going to share some snaps and little bit of recap of the event. It was our great pleasure to have Biplab Paul (Program Manager, South Asia MVP Community) among ourselves.



How to create your laptop a Wi-Fi Hotspot using Connectify?

If you don’t have any Wi-Fi router but still want to connect all your devices like laptops, tablets phones etc. to the internet, you can make your laptop a virtual Wi-Fi hotspot and connect all those devices via it. This way you can save your money purchasing a hardware device.

 

In this post, I am going to share a way to create a virtual Wi-Fi hotspot using Connectify. Though a paid version of this exists, but you can use the free version with limited functionalities.


Windows Phone 8.1 Screen Orientation - What’s changed for #WPDev?

Windows Phone 8.1 SDK came with slight changes in it’s API and among them, few changes I already blogged earlier with a comparison to the previous SDK version. If you are looking for Screen Orientation changes, this post will help you.

 

In this post we are going to discuss “How to set the Supported Orientation and Screen Orientation in Windows Phone 8.1” with a comparison between the API changes.


Community Day, Kolkata - August 2014

Kolkata Geeks proudly announces “Community Day, Kolkata – August 2014”. It’s an initiative taken by global MVP communities. Like other cities, we are also organizing the event in Kolkata, but In-Person. So, if you are in or near Kolkata, don’t forget to join us.

 

In this post, I am just sharing the agenda, venue and the event details. Join us on the event day to know more about Windows Phone app development.


StorageHelper - For Windows Phone + Silverlight app developers

Few months ago, I wrote a small helper class for all my Windows Phone Silverlight applications, which helped me a lot to store and retrieve data to and from IsolatedStorageSettings. Thus I thought to share the same with you, in case you find it useful.

 

Read more to  find out the code, which you can use freely. Here the only catch is: it works only with the Silverlight type applications.


First look to Apps Corner in Windows Phone 8.1 Update (GDR 1)

Windows Phone 8.1 Update (GDR 1) is already there for Windows Phone developers as part of the “Preview for Developers” program. It brought some new features like Live Folders, Apps Corner, Multi-SMS selection and more to empower your daily needs.

 

In this post, sharing about “Apps Corner” in detail to give you a brief on what is coming up next in your Windows Phone 8.1 device, once Microsoft starts rolling out to consumers.


 
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