Kunal-Chowdhury.com - Microsoft Technology Blog for developers and consumers: February 2018

It gives me immense pleasure to announce that my second book, titled Windows Presentation Foundation Development Cookbook, has been published by Packt Publication. You can now buy this book from publisher's website, Amazon and will gradually be available on Flipkart.


If you are a beginner or an intermediate, and would like to learn about WPF, this book is for you. It covers almost all the topics that you need to learn.

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Visual Studio 2017 provides you an easy way to upgrade your project's targeted language version, directly from the editor window. The Light Bulb, which is known as Quick Actions, automatically suggests you to upgrade the language version.


In this blog post, we will learn how to invoke it to perform the change for the associated project. Continue reading to learn more.

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Do you know that, Microsoft Visual Studio allows you to select the default language version of your project? The advanced project settings helps you to control the targeted C# language by changing the compiler version.


By default, the compiler accepts all valid language syntax that it can support. But if you want to change it to point to a specific version, let's learn how to do that.

Published by on under Visual Studio 2015 |

Microsoft released a new build (Windows 10 Preview Build: 17107) to the insiders in the fast ring. As we are heading towards the final release from the Redstone 4 branch, this build contains minimal changes but has numerous bug fixes to stabilize the forthcoming RTM build.


Continue reading to know what has been changed in build 17107. Don't forget to check the 'Known Issues' still present in this build.

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Microsoft released a new update of Visual Studio 2017, which bumped up the latest build version number to 15.5.7. This new build contains few changes to Team Explorer focusing to Git, and fixes to some customer-reported issue.


To know about what has been changed and fixed in this release, continue reading this blog post. Don't forget to check the 'Known Issues' before upgrading.

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If you are still using Windows Phone 7.x and Windows Phone 8.x devices, time to think now to switch to a new device. Microsoft, in a forum post announced that, starting 20th February 2018, they have stopped the notifications services in Windows Phone 7.5/8.0 devices.


That means, if you are still using those devices, you won't get any push notifications, live tile updates and you won't be able to use the Find my phone feature too.

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During application development, we often use XML files. To use XML files, we need XML objects; and to create the XML objects, we need to write the classes and properties based on the XML nodes/attributes, which we do manually.


Do you know that Visual Studio already provides an option to automatically create the entire class structure based on the XML input? Let's discuss this today.

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Microsoft is adding a new Power Plan policy to Windows 10 Pro workstations, to improve the performance of the computer. Along with Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 17101, Microsoft previewed the same to the insiders in Fast Ring.


This change is expected to be available with the next major update of Windows 10, which is scheduled to release in Spring 2018.

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Microsoft started rolling out the first Redstone 5 build (Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 17604) to the Windows Insiders, who have opted into Skip Ahead. As there's a limited space into Skip Ahead and that's already filled, no new registrations are now being accepted.


If you are a Windows Insider in the Fast Ring, you already have a fresh preview build 17101, which is already started rolling out.

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Microsoft released another new build (preview build: 17101), as part of the Redstone 4 development, to the Windows Insiders in the Fast Ring. They have also announced a new Skip Ahead build 17604, which is the first public build from the new RS5 prerelease branch.


Though there are no significant changes in build 17101, but it contains a set of improvements and fixes to stabilize the final release going to happen in Spring 2018.

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Crypto currencies have long been heralded as the next big thing in finance and economics – and Bitcoin, undoubtedly the most renowned among them, has been fervently discussed in 2017 and 2018. Yes, alternative digital currencies are expected to revolutionize transactions and payment methods.


But more importantly, the innovative technology behind Bitcoin, blockchain, is rumored to have wider applications in a range of fields that extends beyond verifying Bitcoin and altcoin exchanges.

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Starting with the release of Google Chrome version 68, in July 2018, it will mark the unencrypted sites as "Not Secure". That means, if you have a website that does not have SSL certificate, Google will start notifying the users that the site is not secure.


To provide a safer experience to your users, you must install SSL certificate and start serving your site in HTTPS protocol.

Published by on under Chrome |

Microsoft released a new Windows 10 preview build 17093 to the insiders on the Fast ring. The last build was 17083, which was released two weeks ago. In the latest preview build from the Redstone 4 branch, Microsoft added many new improvements and fixes.


Check this post to know the key improvements and fixes part of this build. Don't forget to check the 'Known Issues' before upgrading.

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10.or E (pronounced as Tenor E) is a Amazon exclusive feature-rich smartphone, launched in September 2017. It comes with 5.5" (1920 x 1080 pixels) 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, 13 MP rear / 5 MP front camera and fingerprint sensor.


If you are looking to know about this product, sharing herewith the features/specifications of it, along with a short review. Continue reading to know more.

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Microsoft, in a blog post announced that, the next major version of their Office Suite (Office 2019) will be available in the second half of 2018. They have also announced that, Office 2019 will run only on supported versions of Windows 10.


Continue reading to know more about Office 2019 availability and the service line (mainstream and extended) support of the product.

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After almost two months, Microsoft released the next version of Windows Template Studio for the developers, with support for Visual Basic and Prism Framework. This bumped the Windows Template Studio version to 1.7.


To know more about the new changes and improvements part of this release, and to learn how to install this update, continue reading the post.

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