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How to rollback from #Windows 10 Preview to #WindowsPhone 8.x?

Windows 10 Technical Preview is already there and I hope, many of you already installed in your device(s) and tried it out. It’s still in development stage and little bit unfinished or buggy. Hence, if you want to revert back your OS after installing the preview release, this post will help you to do so.

 

In this post, we will cover how to rollback your Windows 10 Technical Preview installation for phone to Windows Phone 8.x (8.0 or 8.1, based on the availability for your device).



These #WindowsPhone 8 Apps will Transform your Phone!

While there is a massive tug of war between Android and iOS, Windows is slowly moving up by bringing out it’s game. Windows is already the software of choice when it comes to powering laptops, desktop, netbooks and tablets and is now hoping to get the same affection in the mobile world as well.


With a host of apps under Windows Phone 8, your phone can be transformed to perform great tasks to save time and effort and get you everything you require at the tips of your fingers.


Microsoft Tuesday - Interesting Links - #11

Last week it was a busy schedule and I hope, all of you watched the //BUILD/2015 event either in-person, live streaming or by visiting the CH9 site. There are couple of announcements made during the event and I am composing today’s post based on that.

 

Are you following this channel to know the latest and greatest happening in Microsoft platform? Do write a small feedback below. Read more to find out this week’s interesting links.


#VisualStudio 2015 RC and #Windows 10 developer tools for UAP

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2015 RC build along with Windows 10 development tools (SDK) for developers to build apps targeting Universal App Platform (UAP). If you are a developer, download the latest bits and start exploring the new features before it finally releases.

 

This post will cover the links to download the latest build of Visual Studio 2015 RC, Windows 10 developer tools and ISO image of the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview.


Microsoft Tuesday - Interesting Links - #10

It’s time to compose today’s post with interesting links for you to read and stay up-to-date on latest and greatest happening in Microsoft platform. In today’s post, you will find links on Skype, Outlook, Azure, Visual Studio, Power Shell and more.

 

Stay tuned for more updates. Don’t forget to share your feedback in this channel. Will be very happy to read your feedback.


Microsoft Tuesday - Interesting Links - #09

It’s time for Microsoft Tuesday – the post with some interesting links for you to read and start the day with latest happening in Microsoft platform. Above the fold, you will find links on Azure, Skype for business and Windows 10 in today’s post. Keep reading and share your feedback.

 

Did you try Windows 10 on your desktop, tablet or phone? What do you feel? Do share us your feedback on the same.



#Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10051 for phones now available

Today Microsoft released the Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10051 for phones to the fast ring channel. If you are a Windows Insider, you can download and install this bit in your Lumia devices. As announced by Gabe Aul few days ago, this build now supports more devices.

 

Find herewith the list of supporting devices, known issues and the way to install it. Before installing, don’t forget to read the known issues section.


Microsoft Tuesday - Interesting Links - #08

Tuesday again and here I composed few interesting links for you to start reading. Above the fold you will find news about Visual Studio Product Line, Project Spartan – new browser built for Windows 10, Big Data to predict traffic jams and many more.

 

Hope, you will like this week’s collection on Microsoft Tuesday post. Share your feedback and let us know your views.


#VisualStudio 2015 Product Line & Free upgrade offer from Microsoft

Microsoft announced the Visual Studio 2015 Product Line and disclosed the upgrade path with a limited free upgrade offer to Visual Studio 2015 Enterprise Edition if you already have a subscription. Currently it is available as CTP 6 for download and plan to release in May 2015.

 

Read further to know more about the product line, upgrade offer and the price tier. Also, sharing few links which might be a good read for you.


Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #07

It’s Tuesday again and I came with top news of the week floating around Microsoft Platform. In this top news post, composing links on Azure, Windows 10, Node.js and Microsoft Band. Hopefully, you will love to read those.

 

Share your views on the posts those I share over this Microsoft Tuesday channel and engage me to provide more in coming days.


Solution: #Windows Driver installation timeout issue (0x800705b4)

If you have recently installed Windows 10 Technical Preview build 10041, you might have faced this issue when your system refuses to install the driver saying “Timeout” with error code: 0x800705b4. This mainly happens with the Realtek audio driver but can happen with other drivers too.

 

In this blog post, sharing a system hack to increase the timeout duration to resolve this issue. Try it only if you are an advanced user with admin permission.



Recap: Enterprise Ready Cloud Roadshow, Bhubaneswar

It’s almost one week by now… I had a chance to speak in front of the great audience of Microsoft Developer Community, Odisha. Came back with some good moments spent at Bhubaneswar during “Enterprise Ready Cloud OS Roadshow” event.

 

In this post, sharing my slides on “Azure Mobile Services” along with few snaps of the event for the people who missed it.


Download Windows 10 Technical Preview tools (SDK)

Microsoft released Windows 10 Technical Preview tools (SDK) for developers on 23rd March. Once installed, you will be able to try out the new bits and start learning Windows 10's adaptive UI, application programming interface and the new controls part of this bit.

 

In this post, sharing the link of the web installer along with the ISO image of the SDK. Make sure that, you read the instructions before installing the SDK.


Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #06

Are you waiting for the Tuesday post? Here I am with the 6th post of the “Microsoft Tuesday” series in this channel with few top links on Microsoft platform. Above the fold you will find posts on Office, Windows, IoT and Azure.

 

Follow the links mentioned below to know more about those posts. Don’t forget to share your valuable feedback on “Microsoft Tuesday” that I share weekly in this channel.


How to update Live Tile in Universal Windows apps?

Few days ago in a blog post we learnt “How to create Schedule Task in Universal Windows apps?”. Today in this blog post we will discuss how to update live tile in an universal Windows apps. Though you don’t need to create schedule task to update live tiles but you can surely use it anytime.

 

Read more to learn how easy it is to configure your app to support live tile updates and integration of it with schedule task.


Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #05

Here comes “Microsoft Tuesday – Top News - #05” with top links/announcements floating around the world of Microsoft technologies. Above the fold, you will find news on Office 2016, Skype for business, Kinect, Azure and Windows 10.

 

Follow the links mentioned below to know more about those news topics. Don’t forget to share your feedback on “Microsoft Tuesday” that I share weekly.



Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #04

It’s Tuesday again and I am back with the top news on Microsoft platform. Above the fold you will find posts on Linux and Open-Source computing page, Azure, TypeScript, Internet of Things (IoT) and Kinect. Hope, you will like this posts.

 

Don’t forget to share your views/opinions about this “Microsoft Tuesday” channel. Your feedbacks are always appreciable.


How to enable the new tray clock in #Windows 10?

Windows 10 – not a new name! I hope, most of you currently using the latest Windows 10 Technical Preview build version: 9926. In this release, Microsoft added a new clock to the tray but as a special trick in registry. Thanks to Bavo Luysterborg for sharing the same on Twitter.

 

In this Tips and Tricks post of my Windows 10 series, I am going to share the trick to change the UI of the clock in Windows 10 Technical Preview version 9926.


Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #03

It’s Tuesday again and I am back with the top news floating in Microsoft platform. Above the fold you will find the announcement of Universal Apps for One Windows Platform, Microsoft’s new web rendering engine, new apps announcement from Microsoft garage, Microsoft Band SDK for developers.

 

Don’t forget to share your opinions on these posts. Thanks to Microsoft for helping me to compose the “Microsoft Tuesday – Top News” post.


Microsoft Band SDK Preview Released

The Microsoft Band SDK Preview gives developers access to the sensors available on the Band, the ability to create tiles on the Band and send notifications to these tiles for their applications. Microsoft released it’s first SDK preview for developers.

 

Using the SDK you will now be able to build app for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone integrating Microsoft Band features. To know more about the SDK preview and downloadable links, read more.


Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #02

It’s Tuesday again and as I mentioned last week, it’s time to share top 5 links on Microsoft platform which includes few big announcements too. Above the fold you will find announcement on Handwriting in OneNote for iPad, followed by various other posts on Azure Machine Learning and BigData.

 

This blog post has been composed with the help of Microsoft. Share your views/opinions to Microsoft about the links shared below by dropping a line at the comment section.



How to create Schedule Task in Universal Windows apps?

Schedule tasks are often require to do some clean ups, fetch some records from internet and/or update the live tile/lock screen. There might be some other requirements too. If you want to add schedule tasks in your Windows and/or Windows Phone runtime apps, here you go.

 

In this post, let’s keep it generic and learn, how to create schedule task in universal windows apps. At the end, share your feedback to improve. Don’t forget to share in your network.


Microsoft confirms #WindowsPhone 8.1 GDR2 in DevCenter docs

Microsoft in DevCenter documentation confirms Windows Phone 8.1 GDR 2 (aka. Update 2) with set of new and updated features, while the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones released last week. So, expecting a new update to Windows Phone 8.1 handsets before Windows 10.

 

In this blog post, sharing the new/updated features set and some useful links to get further details. Continue reading.


Microsoft Tuesday - Top News - #01

With help of Microsoft, I am sharing top 5 news with you on Microsoft platform. This is the first post on this channel and I hope you will like it over the period. Please share your views on these topics below, which will be shared to the team over time.

 

Above the fold, Microsoft Research makes touch develop tool as open source. Read more to find out the top 5 posts. Don’t forget to share your views/feedback.


How to activate Cortana in #Windows 10?

Microsoft first introduced “Cortana” in Windows Phone 8.1 and now integrating with Windows OS. Going with Windows 10 (build: 9926 onwards), you will see her assisting you in your desktop, tablet versions too. Though it is currently in development stage for Windows 10, not all the functionalities work properly.

 

In this blog post, we will discuss how to activate Cortana in Windows 10. Also we will see, how to activate touch free “Hey Cortana”. A short video tutorial can be found at the end of the post.


Microsoft updates “Phone Insider” app for #Windows 10 Preview

Microsoft updates the “Phone Insider” app with a new name “Windows Insider” and ability to login with Microsoft account, moving one step forward to release Windows 10 Technical Preview for Windows Phone in February 2015. This new build will be available to users registered for Windows Insider program.

 

In this post, I am just sharing the link and few screenshots of the app. The Windows 10 Technical Preview build for Windows Phone yet to come in February.



Download #Windows 10 (build: 9926) - January 2015 Release

Microsoft released Windows 10 Technical Preview release build: 9926 for the people registered under Windows Insider Program. This January 2015 release adds new features including Cortana support, enhanced UI and a set of other stuffs.

 

Find the steps mentioned below to download the Windows 10 (build: 9926) to try the new features coming in Windows 10. Also, ISO links are available for offline installation.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - Dictionary Initializer

Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 came up with another new feature (more precisely an enhancement) for C# 6.0 named “Dictionary Initializer”. It’s not a new thing but now you will be able to map the key/indexer directly at the time of dictionary object initialization.

 

Today in this blog post, we will discuss about this with an example. Don’t forget to read the other new features which I posted earlier. Links can be found in this post.

 


Now I am a #Telerik Developer Expert

Yesterday, 6th January 2015, Telerik introduced a new developer program called “Telerik Developer Experts”, announced few months ago by Burke Holland (Director of Developer Relations). Today I am pleased to announce that, I am also part of this program as Telerik Developer Expert.

 

In this post, sharing a little about the program, few links etc. Thank you John Bristowe, Burke Holland and Telerik for nomination and consideration.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - await in catch and finally blocks

C# 6.0 came with another new feature along with Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6. Now you will be able to write await operations in catch {} and finally {} blocks too. This will help many developers to do certain async operations when they encounter any exceptions or want to do async clean-ups in finally block.

 

Today in this blog post, we will discuss about this new feature. Don’t forget to read the other new features which I posted earlier. Links can be found in this post.


Wish you all a Happy New Year 2015

“Time and Tide wait for none” – seriously, how the year passed through and a new journey is going to start with fresh hope, fresh expectation by forgetting the past and thinking ahead. Thanks to all my friends, family members, blog followers and other known/unknown persons with whom I am connected virtually.

 

The year 2014 is over. We did many things in 2014 and let us do more in the coming year and deliver our best to our work. Thanks for all your support and feedback to my articles.



Solution: Internet Explorer crashes when debugging #Silverlight apps

Is your Internet Explorer crashing when you are trying to debug your Silverlight application from Visual Studio but runs perfectly when running without debug option set? This might be due to an update that Microsoft pushed recently via Windows Update service.

 

If you faced the same, this post will guide you to resolve it at the earliest. Continue reading to learn about the trick to resolve this. Share it with your friends. This might help them too.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - Expression-bodied function

Did you explore the latest of C# 6.0? It brought another new feature called “Expression-bodied function members” which will allow you to write expression bodies for properties, methods etc. instead of writing statement blocks. Thus reducing the code.

 

Today in this post, we will discuss about the new feature “Expression-bodied function members”. Read more to learn about it. Don’t forget to share the feature links in your network.


Microsoft releases Gestures Beta app for #Lumia #WindowsPhone

Microsoft released a new beta app named “Gestures Beta” for Lumia Windows Phone devices which enables you to interact with your phone device in different useful ways. If activated, you can gesture to manage your calls and silence your alarms.

 

In this post, sharing more information about the app and the link to download the app from the Windows Phone Store. Use it and share your feedback to Microsoft.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - Exception Filters

C# 6.0 brought another great new feature named “Exception Filters” along with Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6. If you didn’t try yet the preview version of the new IDE, go and grab it to get your hands dirty with the new features before it actually releases.

 

Today in this post, we will discuss about the new feature “Exception Filters”. Read more to learn about it. Don’t forget to share the feature links in your network.


Download #ReSharper 9 - Supports #VisualStudio 2015

Team JetBrains released the RTM version of ReSharper 9.0, a very popular productivity tool for the developers using Visual Studio IDE. The new release supports Visual Studio 2015 Preview and C# 6.0, along with many other new features and improvements.

 

In this post, going to share the 30-day trial version link which you can download to try the new bits. Also sharing the link towards the features. Continue to read more.



What’s new in C# 6.0? - Null-conditional operators

C# 6.0 brought a set of most useful features with Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 4.6. If you didn’t yet explore the features, check out the embedded links within this post to learn what’s coming with it. Download the preview to get your hands dirty before you use in production.

 

Today in this blog post, we will discuss about a new feature called “null-conditional operators”, which will actually improve your productivity. Let’s start with it.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - nameof Expressions

Visual Studio 2015, .NET 4.6 and C# 6.0 came up with lot many features. If you didn’t try the new IDE, download the preview version in a non-production environment to get your hands dirty with it. You will definitely love the new features.

 

Today in this post we will learn about another new feature called “nameof” expression which will surely solve most of the problems a developer faces when playing with properties and notifications.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - String Interpolation

Did you download the new Visual Studio 2015 IDE? If not, try the preview version before it actually releases and start improving your coding skills with the forthcoming IDE from Microsoft. Today we are going to explore another new feature of C# 6.0 coming with this release.

 

Let’s continue the series “What’s new in C# 6.0?” and show you what’s coming with C# 6.0 in terms of string interpolation/string concatenation.


What’s new in C# 6.0? - Setting default values to Auto Properties

Did you try the new Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6? At the time of writing this blog post, it’s still in “Preview” release for the developers to try and report issues. .NET 4.6 comes with C# 6.0 with additional new features expected by developers to improve their coding productivity.

 

We are now going to describe the new features introduced in C# 6.0. Today in this blog post, we are going to see how to initialize/set default values to auto properties introduced in C# 6.0. Keep reading.


Learn ASP.NET MVC 5 in 2 days (Sponsored)

Questpond has launched a full step by step course on  ASP.NET MVC. This course from Shivprasad Koirala will help you to learn MVC (Model view controller) step by step in 2 days ( i.e in 16 hours) right from basics to a professional level.

 

This is a Sponsored post and in this post, the first video will show you how to display a simple Hello world in ASP.NET MVC. Also, check out the complete syllabus for details.



How to integrate “Ad Mediator” in your apps?

Microsoft Ad Mediator”, recently released by Microsoft to maximize your ad monetization – we already talked about it last day. If you don’t know about it, read the said post, download the Visual Studio 2013 extension before continuing with this post.

 

Today, we will discuss how to integrate “Ad Mediator” in your Windows Store and Windows Phone applications. As it currently supports only Windows Phone apps, so we will continue with that.


All Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices to receive Windows 10

If you are using Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices and wondering whether you will get the next big update of the OS or not, here’s the good news. Microsoft confirms to few consumers over Twitter about availability of Windows 10 in future updates.

 

That’s definitely a good news for the consumers using Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices and everyone will get a big relief.


How to show/hide Task View and Search icons in #Windows 10?

If you are a Windows Insider and already in the Fast update channel, you might have already got the new update for Windows 10 Technical Preview build version: 9879. In this release, Microsoft had provided options to show/hide the Task View and Search icons present in the Task Bar.

 

If you feel them annoyed in your Task Bar eating more icons space, you can now easily hide them from your Task bar. Let’s see how to do that. Continue reading to know about it.


Visual Studio - Free Community IDE for #Windows, #Android and #iOS

Along with Visual Studio 2015 Preview and .NET 4.6, Microsoft released another version of Visual Studio on 12th November 2014. They named it as “Visual Studio Community 2013” which comes as Free for individual developers, students, open source contributors and small teams.

 

This IED is now available not only for Windows developers but for Android and iOS devs too. If you are one of them, continue reading to know more about the new edition of the IDE and to grab the link.


Visual Studio 2015 and .NET 4.6 Preview is available for download

A big day for the Visual Studio community. Today Microsoft released the preview version of next version of Visual Studio named “Visual Studio 2015”, along with “.NET 4.6 Preview”. It came up with lots of new features and tools for the developers including the open source community.

 

This release does not come with Go Live license, but if you want to try out it and want to check what’s new in Visual Studio 2015 Preview, follow this post.



Microsoft “Ad Mediator” for #WPDev, #WinDev to increase ad revenue

On 7th November 2014, Microsoft released a new extension for the Windows and Windows Phone developers to increase their ad revenues by combining multiple ads network in a single channel following just few simple steps.

 

In this post, we are going to discuss about the Ad Mediator, link to download the Visual Studio plugin and later in a different post we will discuss how to integrate it. Keep reading and don’t forget to share.


Data Sense and Battery Saver coming up in #Windows 10

Windows 10, which is now in Technical Preview Release, coming up with Data Sense and Battery Saver settings. If you are a Windows Insider and already set your system in “Fast” channel to get the quick preview builds, you might already have installed the build version 9860.

 

Data Sense and Battery Saver settings pushed into this build with no functionalities actually, but confirms their availabilities in coming builds. Let’s go thru the overview of those which we might get in future.


How to configure the new Home Screen in #Windows 10?

Microsoft Windows 10, currently under Technical Preview, came with a new Home Screen when you launch the File Explorer. It pins all your favourite icons, frequent folders, recent files and more to help you easily launch the frequent files/folders from a single place.

 

Today in this post, we will discuss how to configure the Home screen, add or remove icons, organize the tiles properly.


How to Use Virtual Desktops in #Windows 10?

Finally virtual desktops were added natively in Windows. If you are using Windows 10, you will be able to use it directly. Though all the functionalities not yet available, but it’s good to see it  by default in Microsoft Windows operating system.

 

In this post, today we will be describing more about Virtual Desktop feature and guide you to understand how to work with it. Continue reading and share your thoughts.

 
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