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How to check whether #Outlook is installed in user machine?

On various scenarios, especially when you are building and shipping Add-Ins for outlook, at the time of add-in installation you might want to check whether user has installed outlook on his system or not. Based on that, you might want to show a message to the user.

 

In this small blog post, we will learn what needs to be done using C# to find out whether outlook is installed or not. Continue reading to know about this coding tricks.



#Windows 10 November update: Start Screen enhancements

The giant company brought a set of new features in Windows 10 November update. It’s the first big update after Windows 10 gone RTM. Along with other features and enhancements, it brought Start Screen/Menu enhancements. This includes more tiles and occasionally showing suggestions.

 

Today in this small blog post, we will discuss about these enhancements along with it’s settings to enable/disable the same. Continue reading to know more about it.


#Windows 10 November update: Show/Hide background image in Sign-in screen

I hope many of you have already installed the Windows 10 November Update on your system. This new build includes bug fixes, product improvements along with many new features. Among those new feature, one is to show or hide the background image in the sign-in screen.

 

Microsoft provided an option in the settings app. In this small blog post, I will show you how to do this. Continue reading to know about this new feature.


#Windows 10 November update: Get facts, tips & more on Lock Screen

Windows 10 November update features a new settings, which when enabled, let you receive fun facts, tips, tricks and more on your Lock Screen. This is a new feature, you will get in Windows 10 version 1511 (build: 10586.3) and above. If you didn’t receive this update yet, check the Windows Update service.

 

In this small blog post, I will show you how to enable or disable this option from the Windows 10 settings app. Continue reading to know more about it.


#UWP Tips: C# code to change #Windows 10 Lock Screen image

Few days ago, I wrote a blog post about Windows 10 Start Screen image programmatically using C# code. Today in this blog post, we will discuss about changing Lock Screen background image of Windows 10 using C# code. Microsoft Windows SDK provides the API sets to call.

 

Let’s start learning about the API with a small piece of code. Continue reading. Code has been shared at the end of the post. If you have any comments, drop a line.


3-steps to programmatically restart #Outlook using #CSharp code

Outlook and other office applications provides an easy way to restart itself. Though there are no directly exposed APIs to restart it, but you can easily write code to do the same operation. Today in this small blog post, we are going to discuss on the code to be implemented.

 

Just three simple steps and your code is ready. C# Code has been shared at the end of the post. Let me know if you have any queries. Would be happy to help.



#Windows 10 build 10586 released for Fast Ring #WindowsInsiders

Microsoft aired Windows 10 build 10586 for the fast ring Windows Insiders. If you are one of them, you can get it via Windows Update service. This build is mainly focused on bug fixes and improvements to move forward the final build of Threshold 2. As it is a developer preview build, has some known issues.

 

This post lists all the fixes and known issues in this build. Before installing, please go thru the lists. Windows Feedback app to report any problems that you might encounter with this build.


Download #VisualStudio 2015 Update 1 RC

John Montgomery, Director of Program Management for Visual Studio, announced the availability of Visual Studio 2015 Update 1 RC (Release Candidate) stepping forward to release the final update of our favorite IDE. It has many new features to improve the productivity of the developers.

 

Find in this post the download link (ISO image for offline installation) and the features set. Try it, provide your feedback and report any bugs if you notice.


Microsoft released #Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10576

Along with Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10581, the giant company also released Windows 10 Insider Preview build 10576 for PCs. This is the first time when Microsoft released Windows 10 for both the platform. This build features few new changes along with a bunch of bug fixes and improvements.

 

If you are a Windows Insider in fast ring, you might have already got the notification about this update. Sharing here the new features set, list of bug fixes and known issues.


Microsoft released #Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview build 10581

Microsoft Windows Insiders head, Gabe Aul, in a blog post announced the availability of Windows 10 Mobile Insider preview build 10581 for the fast ring users. If you are one of the fast ring insiders to test Windows 10 Mobile build before it flights the final one, you might have already got the update notification.

 

This build doesn’t have significant new features but has a no. of fixes and performance improvements. As it is still under development release, it has some known issues too. Find them listed in this post.


#UWP Tips: C# code to change #Windows 10 Start Screen image

Windows 10 SDK provides API, by which you can programmatically change the Start Screen background image for both Windows 10 PC and Windows 10 Mobile. The API is located under Windows.System.UserProfile namespace. Using the API you can build apps and provides user easy access to change the start screen.

 

In this post, we are going to discuss about the API and also going to build a small demo app. The code snippet has been shared at the end of the post.


 
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