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Windows 10 will now provide you more control over automatic temporary files clean up options

Storage Sense in Windows 10 runs automatically when you are low on disk space. Now, with the next major update of Windows 10, you will be allowed to control how frequently the automatic disk cleanup will run and free up the unused space that you don't need.


In this quick blog post, we will learn about this new change (with video demonstration), scheduled to release with the next major update early this year.

Windows 10 disk cleanup functionality will be available in storage settings

Microsoft is trying to improve the Windows 10 Storage Settings app to provide you an easier option to free up the storage space, by getting rid of the temporary files and contents that you don't need.


Along with Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 17074, they have previewed the upcoming changes of next major build of Windows 10.

Windows 10 is going to get a configurable settings page for Quiet Hours

Along with Windows 10 Redstone 4 build, scheduled to release this spring, Microsoft is planning to improve the Quiet Hour feature by giving you an option to choose which notifications you would like to see and hear during quiet hours.


In this post, we are going to see what are the options coming up in the next major build of Windows 10 to control the Quiet Hours settings.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5.4 is now available

Within a week after releasing the Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5.3 on 9th of January, Microsoft released another update for the IDE, that includes fixes to some issues reported by the community.


To know what are the new fixes part of this new update (version: 15.5.4), check out this post. Don't forget to check the 'Known Issues' before upgrading.

Microsoft Edge improvements in #WindowsInsiders build 17074

In case you missed, Microsoft released Windows 10 build 17074 to the fast ring Windows Insiders, which contains a tons of new changes and improvements to its existing version. This includes a set of changes to its Edge Browser too.


In this post, we will discuss about the changes performed in the latest version of Microsoft Edge that comes with build 17074.

Windows 10 build 17074 released to #WindowsInsiders with tons of new changes

Last year in December, Microsoft released the Insiders build 17063, which had a tons of new features like Timeline and Sets. After a month of development and testing, they have released another build for the insiders in the fast ring.


The new build 17074 contains a list of new changes and fixes, focusing more on Microsoft Edge, Windows Shell and Settings.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5.3 is now available

Microsoft released a new update (version 15.5.3) for its existing Visual Studio 2017 installation. If you are currently using Visual Studio 2017, you may like to update it, as it contains few fixes on top of the previous build.


If you like to check, what has been fixed in this new update, here's a list of these fixes. Don't forget to check the 'Known Issues' section.

Do you know that, you can easily copy code from C# Interactive Window?

C# Interactive Window, inside Visual Studio, allows you to test code snippet without compiling the application. It supports several features like syntax highlighting, intellisense and more, and comes with a feature like 'Copy Code', that allows you to copy only the code part from that window.


In this quick blog post, we will discuss about the 'Copy Code' functionality part of the C# Interactive Window, inside Visual Studio.

'Mastering Visual Studio 2017' (book) is now available on Flipkart at a discounted price

My book, 'Mastering Visual Studio 2017', is now available on Flipkart at a discounted price. This book focuses on coding with the new, improved, and powerful tools of Visual Studio 2017. It covers topics on improved debugging, unit testing capabilities, accelerate cloud development and many more.


If you are a developer, using Visual Studio, you won't want to miss this opportunity. Grab the book now, as it's available at a discounted price.

Windows 10 will allow you to control the permissions an app has requested

Along with Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build: 17063, Microsoft added support to see the permissions an application has requested. You will have total control over it to allow or disallow a specific permission for that application.


In this quick post, we are going to discuss about this feature, which has been newly introduced with Windows 10 build 17063.

Solution: Add-in can only be connected or disconnected by an administrator

It often happens that, when you attempt to remove a COM Add-In from an Office application, it shows a message saying that 'This add-in is installed for all users on this computer and can only be connected or disconnected by an administrator.'.


If you face this case, it is because the said add-in was installed using admin permission. To disconnect that add-in, you need to follow the steps as mentioned in this post.

Wish you all a very Happy and Prosperous New Year 2018

Life is a pleasant journey which never ends until we stop breathing. During the journey, we learn new things and forget the older ones. Year comes and leaves... never waits! It's time to say 'Bye' to 2017 and welcome the new year 2018.


May the new year bring new hopes, new aspirations, new joys and and new successes in your life's journey. Wish you and your family a very happy and prosperous new year!

How to force an Outlook Add-In to load always?

Outlook's resiliency logic, which was introduced with Outlook 2013, allows you to control the way slow add-ins are handled. It gives users option to disable add-ins that take more than 1 second to load, during Outlook launch.


In this post we will learn how to force Outlook to always load a specific add-in, by modifying Windows Registry settings.

Windows 10 Settings app got a new look with insiders build 17063

Every software app needs some updates to its user interface. Thus with the Windows 10 Settings app. Along with Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 17063, Microsoft changed the look & feel of the Settings app with Acrylic material effect.


If you are a Windows Insider, and in the Fast Ring, do not forget to checkout this build. It has bunch of changes and fixes for you to explore.

Microsoft started warning Insiders that MS Paint will soon be replaced by the Paint 3D app

End of July 2017, Microsoft published a list of features those are going to be deprecated in the future version of Windows 10. The classic 'Microsoft Paint' (mspaint), which was available in all versions of Windows, was also part of that deprecated list.


Along with 'Windows 10 Insiders Preview Build 17306', Microsoft started giving an alert message saying that the product will soon be replaced by the 'Paint 3D' app.

How to find, which COM Add-Ins are installed in Outlook client?

Outlook add-ins are built by third parties to integrate into Outlook to provide additional functionalities to it. There exists many addins which makes the life easier while working with mails and meetings. Some examples are: Outlook social connector, Skype meeting, TeamViewer meeting addins.


In this post, we will learn two different methods by which you will be able to see the list of addins installed on your Outlook client.

Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17063 is now available with bunch of new changes and fixes

After almost a month of wait, Windows team has released a new build 17063 to the insiders in the fast ring. If you are in the fast ring, you won't want to miss this build as it contains a large no. of new changes, improvements and fixes to Windows 10.


Check out this post to know more about the key changes part of this build. Don't forget to read the original release notes, known issues in this build.

Reasons behind Outlook goes into 'Not Responding' mode, while loading your Outlook profile

Most of the people in the current computing world use Microsoft Outlook as their default email client. There could be various occasions when you notice that, while launching Outlook it goes into 'Not Responding' mode.


What could be the reason behind this? How to resolve this issue? In this post, we are going to discuss on this topic today.

Your quantum journey begins here with Microsoft. Download the SDK to get started

Microsoft announced a new Software Development Kit (SDK) to begin your journey with its latest technology 'Quantum Computing'. Quantum computing based on quantum mechanics which will help machines to solve complex problems much faster.


Along with this, Microsoft also released a new programming language called 'Q#' (Q-Sharp), which is fully integrated with Visual Studio 2017.

Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5 released with many new improvements and fixes

Microsoft has released the next major version of Visual Studio 2017. This new build version 15.5 consists of many new improvements and fixes, that you would like to have. Check out this post to know what's new in this build and the top issues fixed in this build.


Don't forget to checkout the known issues and available workarounds in Visual Studio 2017 version 15.5, before upgrading to this build.

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